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March 13, 2005

On "Every life is one worth keeping and holding on to"

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

This article was passed on to us via email from Jennifer Horn of She asks that bloggers help to pass it along to their readers.

A Telegraph Column By Jennifer Horn
Published: Sunday, Mar. 13, 2005

At her most infirm, when she could no longer swallow and barely opened her eyes, she never ceased being who she was at her core: a loved and loving child of God. Right up until the very moment of her death, I could look into her face and see not only Grandma, but my father, myself and my children; she was a living link to four generations.

That experience taught me one indisputable, nondenominational lesson: Life is sacred.

It comes from an awesome power and, when all goes according to plan, it returns peacefully to that power. The simplicity of it all, the beauty of it, is awe-inspiring. In her final moment, in spite of her incapacitation, Grandma was still generating and receiving love.

I fully understand the desire of Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings to save her from being killed by the intentional withholding of nutrition. There are more than 1 million patients in nursing homes around the country, according to a report by Time magazine. Their conditions vary from vegetative to senile to handicapped. Some of them are fully conscious, others completely not, many somewhere in between. Some are able to feed themselves, some can't. Many rely on medicines to live, machines to help them breathe.

They are all loved by someone. They have family or friends who care for them, pray for them, wish them peace. They have legally protected rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Schiavo isn't on life support; her heart beats and her lungs pump oxygen through her body without the intervention of medicine or machine. Like a baby or one who is severely handicapped, she can't feed herself.

Continue reading this beautiful article...

Jennifer Horn is a freelance writer who lives in Nashua. She can be also be reached at at


Cross posted at BlogsforTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 13, 2005 9:05 PM

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