My sister, Terri, would have been 56 years old today. December 3rd is her birthday, and I am commemorating her memory with my mother, Mary Schindler, and our family.
In so many ways, it is strange to imagine Terri being 56 years old, simply because of the cruel and utilitarian way her life was cut short. Her estranged husband petitioned a court and convinced a judge that it was in her “best interest” to die. Many legal experts have pointed out the bizarre fact that Terri received fewer legal protections than we afford to convicted criminals facing capital punishment.
Unlike the judge and the legal system that denied her basic right to life, we know better. We know that our lives are in the hands of God, and even when cut down by others, He preserves us in his love.
We work each day at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network in service to medically defenseless persons, providing the sort of medical, legal, emotional, and spiritual support to families in crisis that affirms life. Whenever possible, ensuring a chance for a meaningful rehabilitation for a loved one, and in this way, we honor Terri every day.
God bless you,