by Meadow's Mom
Tonight when I answered the phone I was greeted with "Hello, I am (kind young woman) with the American Red Cross, and we are contacting previous blood donors..."
Not wanting to interrupt her, I waited for the finish. No one in our household is currently eligible to donate. Then she said: Our records indicate Brad last donated in March of 2015. May I speak to Brad, please?" Suddenly I am speechless. All I can think is she said his name twice. TWICE!
Umm, Yes. This is Brad's mom. Umm, Brad passed away twenty-two months ago in March of 2015. If you could update the records to reflect his passing that would be appreciated.
"I'm so sorry for your loss. Yes, of course I will put in a request to update the records. So sorry to disturb you. Again I am sorry for your loss. Please have a good evening."
I had wondered if he had donated in March 2015. The notation was on his computer calendar but I had no way to know for sure if he kept that appointment. Of course he did!.
The timing of this phone call is interesting as it is my birthday in a few hours and Brad's older brother is traveling to visit us right now. To have both of my boys close (or at least remembered) on/near my birthday. To be assured my Brad was a loving young man and to be privileged to hug his brother all within a twenty-four hour period! I am really feeling the love of my boys tonight.
This post originally appeared on the Alliance of Hope Forum and was reprinted with the permission of the author.