“This is a story that a patient wanted read to them the day before they lost their battle. They remarked after reading it to them that one day I would see Two Dragonflies and one would be Fred (my husband ) the other would be them. This call to our Support Hotline and the other one where the caregiver called me early in the morning after the patient passed stood out because it showed that they had bonded with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition support calls and we were their comfort when they needed it the most. That was a greatest gift we could give and a service making not feel alone.” Vera James, Patient/Caregiver Support Coordinator, The MSA Coalition
“In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their groups ever came back
after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was
called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him.
Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.
The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation, which we call death, is no proof that they cease to exist.”
Walter Dudley Cavert, quoted in Treasury of Courage and Confidence, ed. Norman Vincent Peale. Indiana: Warner Press, 1970, 1974. p 239.