Charles passed over into the next realm of existence and left behind the painful world of the flesh sometime during the morning of June 22nd, 2005. He was 47 years, 3 months, 1 week and 5 days old.
Charles, we miss you terribly but are also joyous that you are free of your pain and humiliation and suffer no longer in your new body in your new land. I know you now grok in fullness and are happy beyond all our human-limited imaginings. We love you and know you are waiting to greet us one day when our times are come to cross over and be with you in the next great adventure. We value the lessons you've taught us through your experience and remember the good times when the horror of cancer did not overshadow us. We regret our inadequacies to bring you comfort and hope but we also know you found true comfort and peace that passes understanding in your own way and time and that surpassed anything we could have given you.
Your life and death were more far reaching than you ever knew or accepted. Many people have been positively affected and will never be the same all because of you and your contribution to our lives. Your sphere of influence was much more broad and encompassing than you gave yourself credit for, Charles. People from all over the world are aware of your struggle to live with dignity and choose your own path to end your days here on Earth. You have left us all with an example and a gift that goes far beyond my ability to write about effectively. Thank you for that.
Thank you for being you and for showing us how we can be ourselves without fear or intimidation. Thank you for sharing our lives.
We love you, Charles. Always.