Terri's family -- not including her spouse, who sought her death for years and kept a mistress in the meantime -- all said she suffered terribly. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who visited Terri in her last days, said the same thing.
The spouse, as you probably know, cremated Terri. And he and the mistress wed this past January. The mistress wore white; I am not making that up.
Terri's family is keeping her memory alive, and helping others who are in the same situation she was, through their Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation (click on this post's title to go to that essential pro-life website).
After Terri's death, Cardinal Mahony wrote, "Our Catholic moral tradition always calls us to give the benefit of the doubt to life, not to death." Then he wrote this shocking sentence, and see if you can count the errors in it: "[We] now need to engage more fully the moral and ethical dimensions of prolonging human life, as well as allowing a person to die peacefully according to God's design."
Here is the pro-life truth: Giving someone food and drink is NOT "prolonging human life." Starving and dehydrating someone to death is NOT "allowing a person to die." Dying by starvation and dehydration is NOT dying "peacefully." Being killed by court-ordered starvation and dehydration is NOT "according to God's design."
We should "Breathe a prayer, shed a tear" for Terri. And what with "futile care" policies and "rationing" looming over all Americans like the sword of Damocles, we should recall that what the poet John Donne wrote, he meant for everyone who would ever read his poems: "Send not for whom the bell tolls -- it tolls for thee."