Jessamine County Coroner

On Time

Over the course of the last three years, while serving as Coroner of Jessamine County, I have witnessed more grief, sorrow, and heartache than even I would have imagined.  I use the term, “even I”, because with my 35+ years experience in medicine; and having been exposed to so many cases resulting in death, somehow I felt that I would be immune or insulated from the emotional rollercoaster which accompanies death, especially when it doesn’t involve my own family or loved ones.  That’s not exactly how things have gone though. 

I have discovered that regardless of the circumstances involving  a death,  the deceased was and continues to be someone’s husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter; and their passing leaves a terrible void in the lives of those who loved them.  Every death touches more than just one life, and while every story is different, the one constant in each case is the sorrow, grief and sometimes guilt that the family must endure and deal with.

Too often we hear some member of the family express their regret for not having done enough for their loved one, or for not saying something that needed to be said, while there was still time, and while they had the chance. 

So I have learned much about time.  I have a whole new appreciation of how easily we can lose it, or just lose track of it; and before we know it, we’re looking back, as through a rear view mirror, hoping we might catch some last glimpse of what we had already lost.   Much has been written about time, I suppose, because most all of us disregard it so flagrantly. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” –William Penn.  What I now often think about is how I use and measure my own time.  I am sure that I will sometimes still squander it away as though it will never run out, but hopefully I will begin to measure it according to Richard in the book, “The Timepiece”:

                   “How do you measure time?  Is it in hours or years, or is it more likely in love and relationships?

                    The lesson is clear, Time is Precious!  It is also innocent and finite, but the things that give us hope;

                    love, family, faith and forgiveness, somehow transcend the boundaries of time”. 

As I end this article, I would like to thank the Jessamine Journal and Editor Mike Moore for allowing me, for the past three years to communicate to you, the readers, my hopes and concerns for a better and safer life for each of you.  As I am a candidate in the 2014 elections, they will be unable to continue printing my articles in the newspaper.  Thanks to all of you who faithfully looked forward to reading and enjoying these articles.  And finally, to each of you who have grieved the loss of a loved one, I offer my most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

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