As was mentioned at the funeral, we made a family decision to donate Chris’ corneas.
This is not the easiest post to write and perhaps not to read either, but I promised to be forthcoming as we journeyed forward so here goes.
We received a letter late this week from the Eye Bank of British Columbia. We’ve received a number of ‘business’ letters including condolences, but when you read it in print it always hits you…’the recent loss of your son Christian’. After three weeks it feels like he should still be coming home even though we know that will not happen in this world.
The letter continues, ‘I hope there is some comfort to you and your family in knowing that your generosity has dramatically improved the lives of corneal transplant recipients. These individuals are very grateful to you and your family for this Legacy of Sight’.
I love that. The Legacy of Sight. These are the eyes of a champion. As much as Chris’ corneas will physically guide a recipient for years and decades to come, the spirit of Chris and the principled life he lived can help guide us all on our journey.
The letter ends, ‘With gratitude, I thank you for reaching out in the midst of your sorrow to help others’.
We wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a gift that gives back as much as it gives.