End of Life is Hard: Faith and Family Make A Difference

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon-from Allah we come To Allah we Return

My eldest cousin, Michael Seale (67), who was like an uncle to me, passed away peacefully last night in home hospice at his home in Foster City (outside San Francisco) due to complications of renal failure with his wife and daughter by his side.

I was blessed to spend time with him earlier that day, talking, joking, reminiscing about our grandmother (Hertha Seale-who raised him in Barbados), food and faith. There is a famous photo of him as a child dressed in tuxedo before his violin recital (him smiled). Although, he could not speak many words other than “No”, “yes” or nodding, speaking with his features, his eyes or his brow….with spoke. It was a blessing to share some of his last hours of his life with him.

Al-Hamdulillah, his daugther, was there by his bedside. She is the first of my relatives to embrace Islam and she now has a good Muslim husband from Senegal and three children who are being raised Muslim.

End of life is hard. But being together as a family and having your faith together is helping us through. Keep our family in your prayers.

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