Terry Hoese's Journal
Written Sep 7, 2010 3:11pm
Thank you to Pastor Gomez for informing you that Terry passed away very peacefully last night. He was warmed back to normal body temperature and in a specific order; tubes and drugs were removed, with the ventilator being the last. I asked if Terry would be able to open his eyes if he wanted to, and I was assured he could, as the only drug left in his system was for pain. Immediately after the “vent” was removed, we gathered closely around him – and I honestly did not feel him take one breath on his own. He went very quickly, and with no pain – none since the initial headache back on Aug. 26.
This is not the outcome we were praying for and asking you to pray for. But we did ask for miracles – and I do believe God sent them. Some were seen in the strength and love each of us felt throughout the 12 days, from all of you. Others will be revealed down the road (Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.) Terry was a wonderful person, with that “BEAUTIFUL HEART.” His presence affected all of us, a lot, or a little. We’ll go forward as he would have wanted us to … farming, playing football, and dealing drugs (and joking … Tammy will be a pharmacist in less than a year).
We will never be able to thank each and every one of you as we would like. We hope we can “pay it forward” as we have learned what it’s like to be in these shoes, and how much the prayers, love and care from others have meant to us. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we’re eternally grateful to all of you!!!
Reviewal: Thursday, September 9, from 4 to 8 AT GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, GLENCOE, MN
Funeral: Friday, September 10, 11:00 am, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Written Sep 6, 2010 9:04pmGood Evening, Friends of the Hoese Family...this is Pastor James Gomez updating on their behalf.
It looks like many people already know the news of Terry's passing - he went to be with the Lord around 6:30 this evening.
The Hoese's, supported by the prayers of friends, decided this afternoon to offer comfort care to Terry - warming his body, removing tubes and lines, and finally the ventilator. They were able to spend the afternoon with him, rallying around each other all the while. We can continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring comfort in the midst of grief - and, confidently know that Terry is, as some people have said, riding around on some sort of heavenly (GREEN) tractor! :)
Your prayers and words of encouragement lifted them every moment of every day, and I'm sure they will express that in their own words here soon enough.
In the Peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding,
Written Sep 6, 2010 12:50amSorry this is so late. We had another sad day, with additional bad news. We've heard so many of you say to stay positive, and to not give up hope. But Terry's doctors (experts in their field) have recommended we make him comfortable, that there is nothing more they can do for him. Our pastor reminded us that God can perform miracles with or without machines and drugs. So we waiver - it feels like "making him comfortable" means giving up. It doesn't - but it feels like it. And yet to keep fighting with no new weapons seems pointless.
Your prayers, though, have meant more than you can know. We feel the strength and support - especially during these last two days! With this whole thing starting on the day and time it did (when I was home and able to take Terry to the clinic), it seemed there was a Divine Plan we were following, and that Terry would pull through. But perhaps there is a different beauty that will result from this same Divine Plan. Something we will realize somewhere down the road. But as long as Terry has breath, there is HOPE - and we haven't given up.