On Thursday, December 14, Mary attended the funeral for Tiffany Rymer, our double lung transplant patient, whose family lived in our Apartment #2. I had only seen pictures of Tiffany during her time of suffering in the hospital after her transplant, which involved so many complications. When I saw her before her burial, I was absolutely amazed. She was a beautiful, sweet-looking young woman. Having experienced Jeff’s death, I truly believe that something amazing happens to the body between life and death. It is so evident that the suffering is OVER. From everything that was said about Tiffany, what I just said about her described her inside and out. She loved the Lord, her Savior. People talked about how she never worried or was in fear, even as she depended on the Lord for every breathe she took. She had a huge, loving family that surrounded her and I met every one of them.
Tiffany’s mom, Missy, and stepdad, Harry, along with her sweet grandma, Lola, were so incredibly appreciative of being able to live in the apartment. Every family member I met thanked me over and over and over again. And I realized that so many of them had visited Missy and Harry in the apartment, which only confirmed that what we are doing is the right thing. We LOVE that this family used the apartment in every way possible, even celebrating Thanksgiving there with each other.
Tiffany is in the presence of her Heavenly Father, no longer pulling along an oxygen tank and breathing heavenly air like never before. As her pastor said, “she’s kickin’ up gold dust!” Missy and Harry and the rest of the family are left to grieve. They will be in the Evans’ family prayers. We experienced what they are going through over 11 years ago, and we KNOW the thoughts and feelings that they are experiencing right now. It’s not easy, but like us, they have a strong faith and that faith is what will make all the difference.
So goodbye Tiffany. Your life was way too short, but you have left an incredible legacy of love for your God and love for your family and friends.