[Funeral Program for William Thomas Wright, Jr., September 27, 1995] Page: 13 of 14
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To Remember Me
At a certain moment a doctor will determine that
my brain has ceased to function and that,
for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.
When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of
a machine. And don't call this my "deathbed."
Call it my "bed of life," and let my body be taken from it
to help others lead fuller lives.
Give my sight to a man who has never seen a sunrise,
a baby's face, or love in the eyes of a woman.
Give my heart to a person whose own heart
has caused nothing but endless days of pain.
Give my blood to the teenager
who has been pulled from the wreckage of his car,
so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.
Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine
to exist from week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body
and find a way to make a crippled child walk.
Explore every corner of my brain.
Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that
someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat
and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds
to help the flowers grow.
If you must bury something, let it be
my faults, my weaknesses, and
all my prejudice against my fellow man...
If by chance, you wish to remember me,
do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.
If you do all I have asked, I will live forever, because...
My sins are forgiven and my soul has been received by God.
Dr. William T. Wright, Jr. departed this life on September 22,1995.
This poem by Robert Noel Test was among the items displayed in his office.
We gratefully acknowledge your
thoughtfulness during our period of
bereavement. Your generous expressions of
kindness continue to be a great source of
strength for us.
May God Bless you richly.
The Family of Dr. William Thomas Wright, Jr.
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