A long-time client of Riger’s and a friend to many in the community, Pete McGinn, former CEO at United Health Services, passed away recently after a battle with amyloidosis.
Pete’s family and friends marveled at the way he remained upbeat and philosophical throughout the illness, never losing an opportunity to seize “teachable moments” to share with others as he confronted his health issues.
What made this all the more remarkable was that, as the weeks of Pete’s illness turned into months, he and his family elected to share all of this, via Pete’s journal on www.CaringBridge.org. After visiting this site, we became aware not only of so much about Pete that we had not known or perhaps forgotten, but aware also, in general, of an incredibly powerful tool for connecting people to a loved one in both life and death: delivering encouragement, enriching their memories of their lives together, and spurring hopefulness in the face of loss. It was very uplifting. And to think that technology, that all-too-frequent-tormentor, helped bring about this comfort, this uplift….well, it was just an amazing “ah-hah” moment, so unexpected during such a difficult experience!
If you are not familiar with the site, or if you want to sample the communication among and around Pete and his family and friends, visit www.CaringBridge.org. Use the “pvm” password (Peter V. McGinn) in the field marked “Website.”
Pete would be delighted to know how he was able, after the fact, to be able to continue delivering up a lesson in this way.
Pete Cronk, Managing Partner