This wonderful news comes to us from Darwin.
Arpad Kiss, 82, made his way into a charity shop named St Vincent de Paul at Darwin. He might not have known he was dying but was sure that he was in trouble. He collapsed just after asking the charity staff to call an ambulance for him. Volunteers brought him outside the shop and stayed with him and tried to revive him through CPR but all went in vain.
The store manager, Fay Gurr said, “That left a huge impression for our volunteers and me, to hear that story and know he came to Vinnies because he knew we would help.” Though kiss was a stranger to Gurr, she felt an attachment with this elderly man. She tried to find out more about Kiss and started gathering information from the hospital he had been taken. She succeeded in collecting information about Kiss from medical records and recollections from people who had dealt with him in the past.
She discovered that Kiss had lived in the territory for quite some time and was sometimes homeless. He was Hungarian, a Catholic and had a long history of illness but had no next of kin. When she realized that Kiss died without family or any known friends who would have mourned over his death, she felt compelled to take care that his passing would not go by unnoticed. Though he was a stranger, his life also mattered.
All the arrangements for Kiss’s cremation and funeral service were done by St Vincent de Paul at Gurr’s behest. The service was conducted at St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin by Bishop Charles with full honours. Bishop Gauci said, “I asked those present to imagine their own funeral one day and what they would like people to say about them, and how that really affects how we live now.” He further added, “We choose to do what is good and loving and virtuous, rather than the opposite. It was a good reflection for all of us, but also an expression of love and care for a fellow brother.” This act of kindness shown by Gurr has left tears in the eyes as she helped an elderly man even after his death. Kiss had no one to mourn after his death but Gurr arranged for his cremation and funeral service like a family. She must be praised for her gesture and hope we see many more Gurr coming forward with such acts of generosity and kindness.
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