Anna was a nurse but also a dear friend of Mary Lee. Mary Lee was dying from cancer and Anna was taking care of her not only as a nurse, but more importantly, as her friend.
As Mary Lee entered Hospice, her doctor estimated that she had only about a month left, and so Anna tried to prepare herself for Mary Lee’s death.
One night, during the last week of the month, Mary Lee told Anna about a dear friend of hers, a Native American woman who told her about a beautiful custom of her tribe. In her tribe, when a person dies, the custom is to open a window so that the person’s soul could go to heaven like a gentle breeze out the window and fly heavenward to God. Anna kept thinking of this beautiful custom and couldn’t stop reflecting about how soothing and calming the gesture made her feel.
The next evening, while Anna held her hand, and after the priest had anointed her, Mary Lee quietly passed away. Slowly removing her hand from Mary Lee’s, Anna walked over to the window and gradually opened it. As she was staring out into the star filled night, she felt a breeze blow by her tear-stained cheeks. Anna knew in her heart that it was Mary Lee leaving earth for heaven, because the breeze came from inside the room, not from the outside.