Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ceremony of Remembrance Set for Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Northwest Kidney Centers' annual Ceremony of Remembrance is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at the SeaTac Pavilion (17900 International Boulevard South; SeaTac, WA 98188). The ceremony will be held from 10-11 a.m. Attendees are invited to bring a memento of their loved one for the Memory Table.

So, what to put on the Memory Table? There's certainly no one thing that captures the essence of my late husband, Steve Williams.

Maybe the grey knit stocking cap and matching gloves I'd put on Steve when we'd go on our dates during the last few months of his life. Dates via Access Bus that allowed us to take in a movie and a meal, dates that gave us a few wonderful hours of fantasy-normalcy each week.

"Linda Jo," Steve would say referencing his marginal appearance, "Let's go out and sell us some pencils!"

Or maybe it will be the "Life is Good" brand T-shirt I bought for Steve when we went to San Diego for the IHRSA Convention (a convention for those in the fitness industry). We went with dialysis machine and all - dialyzing him in the hotel in the evenings. Steve wore that shirt constantly. Maybe it was the salmon on the front; maybe it was the caption: "Good Catch." He was a great catch!

I'm glad there's a ceremony. People we love slip away too fast, and the world moves on - as it should. But the people left behind after a loved one's kidney failure and dialysis have a different perspective of the world, I'd imagine. I know I do.

For further details, and RSVP information, google up Northwest Kidney Centers.

Take care,
Linda Gromko, MD