Eased into heaven and hope

This morning, my dad peacefully passed away in the hands of Providence TrinityCare. This amazing team of caregivers exemplified delivering on our promise of answering the call of every person we serve: to know me, care for me and ease my way. Their compassionate, loving care truly eased my dad into heaven and eased my mom into hope going forward. I cannot tell you how privileged we are to have a team like that of Terri, Glen, Sharon and the many others who are part of our amazing Providence family.

My dad was an “all-in optimist.” He was an awesome dude who lived a full, healthy life. The last words I heard him speak were “I am bad ass,” which was a bit surprising from such a gentle person. While we had a good chuckle, knowing my dad, the message for all of us is that, as we go forward the all-in optimist would want us to be beacons of hope in all the communities each of us are part of and passionate bad asses in answering each of our callings going forward.  –Mike

Update Dec. 16, 2015

On behalf of my mom and my family, I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love, support and generosity over the past two weeks. My mom came back with us to the Seattle area following my dad’s wonderful send off to heaven and cannot stop talking about what Providence has become in her life.

Mikes mom

Though she normally lives in Southern California, the Seattle Seahawks and the “12th man” have quickly captured my mom’s loyalty.

46 Comments
  1. You have my condolences to you and your family through this difficult time. Always keep the memories you have together and honor them by being the “all-in optimist” you have been blessed to have in your life!

  2. You and your family continue in our hearts and prayers. Peace, comfort and strength be with you. Thank you so much for sharing your family’s journey with us, and allowing us to be part of your journey.
    Many blessings be with you – Susan Halvor

  3. Death is not the end of life like a curtain is the end of a play, but like a rose is the end of a rosebud!
    Trust in your faith, Mike

    • Mike and Family,

      I am sorry that you have lost your Dad and Mrs Butler her Husband, and for the loss to other family members.

      Sincerely

      Carol Foss
      Prov Everett

  4. Mike, I don’t regularly read all theese posts, so by now I’m sure your dad has had a fireside chat with the CEO of Heaven and is all settled in. I’m sure he was a remarkable man and will be dearly missed by his family. Prayers for all of you while you transition to life without your dad…may your holidays be healing for your family. Blessings. Jan

  5. Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. To love and be loved is a profound gift. Please know your many friends at Providence are keeping you in their hearts through this difficult time.

  6. Mike,
    Condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Carry forward the memories and honor them by being the “all-in optimist” you have been so blessed to have in your life!
    Cindy

  7. Mike,

    I am sure that God met your Dad as he walked through the door, knowing him fully, loving him wholly, and blessing him as a good and faithful badass, awesome servant. I pray His peace and hope for you, your Mom, and all of your family as your remember your Dad every day.

    Blessings,
    Cyndi Sandahl

  8. Mike,

    I’m so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I am convinced that the people who are called to work in hospice care are truly touched by God to care for those of us who find themselves facing a loved one’s final journey towards heaven. I’m glad you and your family were cared for so gently, so that you were all able to say farewell and have it be a moment of grace. I’ll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead.

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May he rest in peace.

    Michele

  9. Mike — Since I worked with you for six years and will always treasure the many fond memories, I knew you were “bad ass” although I didn’t use those words. . .”awesome dude” was more like it! Thank you for sharing this special time with us . . .my love and condolences are with you and your family as well as thoughts and prayers.

  10. Mike,

    I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that I am sending thoughts and prayers of peace and comfort at this most difficult time for you and your family.

    Kimberly
    Revelation 21:3,4

  11. Mike, my heart goes out to you and your family as you navigate this major loss. The compassion of the Providence family will wrap their arms around you and provide comfort and support on difficult days.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Carol

  12. My deepest condolences on the passing of your father.

  13. Mike,
    My thoughts are with your family at this very sat time and know that I am sending prayers for peace and comfort for you all.

    Kimberly
    Revelation 21:3,4

  14. Sending you golden rays of sunlight filled with the warm memories of love and laughter that you shared with your father.

    Thank you for sharing your experience. As the sourcing recruiter, for TrinityCare, this makes all work I do seem so much more real with a deeper impact.

  15. Thank you for sharing a last moment with your father that will become a treasured memory, Mike. I lost my own dad two years ago and those last moments with him will never leave me. You and your mother are in my prayers.

  16. Thanks for sharing the story of the last hours of your father’s life. That your father experienced such loving care at the end of his life eases the pain of the loss you are experiencing. The words “Know me, care for me, ease my way” are so powerful. My thoughts are with you.

  17. Mike, my condolences to you and your family. Hearing you talk about your dad, I can see where your faith and optimism come from. Take care.
    Colleen

  18. Please accept these condolences and prayers for a father’s safe journey and family’s healing. May your treasured memories be forever instilled into your heart.

  19. Mike, so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I’m sure he was a great man. Thank you for sharing your story and for sharing what a great job TrinityCare staff did. They are an awesome group.

    “Laugh when you can,
    apologize when you should,
    and let go of what you can’t change.
    Life’s too short to be anything… but happy.

    Enjoy Life – It has an Expiration Date”

  20. Mike,

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May God continue to strengthen you and your family throughout the coming weeks.

  21. Mike, thank you for sharing this touching, tender and vulnerable moment. In the days and years ahead, may he surround you and lift your hearts as you grieve.

  22. So sorry for your loss, may you dad rest with the father.

  23. Mike,
    The loss of your dad’s presence in your family’s lives will be truly missed by all. Knowing his spirit will continue to guide you is a comfort & hope! Your in my thoughts & prayers!

  24. My praayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your Father sounded like a wonderful man.

  25. Mike,
    Although losing a loved one is difficult, know that your father left a bit of himself with you and in you ~~ that is why you are this wonderful person of Providence. My thoughts are with you as you navigate through your grief and remember your fathers gifts and sacrifices as he raised you. Blessings — Janiece

  26. Thank you Mike for being so transparent. I just re-read your words to us yesterday, “The Mission has your back” and it reinspired me to push through a difficult time.

    You dad’s words will now be on a postie at my desk to add to my inspiration.

    My prayers are with you and your family during this time. My dad went to be with The Lord in 2008 and he was a “bad ass” man as well so I completely understand.

    Sandra Emery

  27. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and what a blessing that he and your family received our compassionate care in a Providence ministry. Take care of yourself as you adjust to life without him on earth; knowing you will see him again someday! Prayers as you grieve and care for your mom……Pam

  28. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless him and your entire family. I hope your memories bring you comfort in this difficult time.

    Patty

  29. Love and light to you and your family.

  30. Mike,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your whole family.
    “Those we love
    don’t go away,
    They walk beside
    us every day,
    Unseen,
    unheard,
    but always near,
    Still loved,
    still missed and,
    very dear”
    Ghazal Irfan

  31. Mike, I join with you in prayer, both in thanksgiving for the life of your father and in sadness for the loss of his immediate presence in your life. I can only imagine how proud he was of you and the man you are; how wonderful that you were also proud of him and all that he was in the world.

    Look out, Angels, a badass is on the way!!!

    Love and Prayers,

    Donovan

  32. I am sorry to hear of your loss Mike. He will be with you always.
    Never forget he is near. Prayers of strength and hope for you and your family.
    Yvonne Strader

  33. I am sorry for your loss Mike but what a legacy your Dad has in you! Saying prayers for healing and keep paying it forward. Sending blessings to you and your family.

    Mary

  34. Sounds like an awesome guy and role model, Mike. I hope you and your family find peace during this difficult time.

  35. I know your family will miss your Dad terribly, but imagine how proud he is when he looks down on you and knows the positive impact he will have on our future world through your efforts.

  36. Dear Mike,
    What a blessing for you that you were able to stand with your wonderful Father and your dear Mother at that moment of his realization of the fullness of life. I know how you all already miss him, but the gift of our faith is that we know we will meet again…..and all in the grandeur and love of our Provident God!
    Lucille

  37. Mike – I love that your dad was a bad ass. Now, we know where you get it. Thank you for sharing about him and for reminding us what great teams of people we have at Providence. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  38. Mike, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. And I echo your comments about the incredible team at TrinityCare.

    I had the great privilege a few years ago to visit TrinityCare and ride along with one of the pediatric hospice nurses to visit a six month old and her mother in their home. The little girl’s mom was so grateful for what Providence and TrinityCare were doing for her family, it touched my heart.

    It takes a very special group of people to provide hospice care, and pediatric hospice care is even more difficult. I’m so proud that TrinityCare is there to ease the way of our patients and their families at such a difficult time.

  39. Mike: Sounds like you have a great legacy to follow and an attitude to emulate in the example of your father. May your memory of him be blessed. Cheri

  40. Sympath, prayers and hope, Mike

  41. Mike – Very sorry to hear about your loss. So glad he was surrounded by a great team of caregivers to provide comfort to him, your mom and the rest of your family.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rob

  42. Mike,

    I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Kasia

  43. I am very sorry for your loss Mike. What a gift to have such a wonderful father and what a legacy he left behind!

    I agree with your comments on the amazing Providence TrinityCare team. I had the same experience with them caring for my mother in her final days.

  44. I’m so sorry for your loss. I leave Friday to fly across the country hoping to bless my brother’s passing. These are challenging times, knowing the love of God and positive attitudes we carry will help us through these days of sorrow. May your dad and my brother rest in peace. Amen

  45. Mike,
    My condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your heart, and the special moment with us.
    Blessings to each of you.
    Laura Kohls