"After an extraordinarily difficult and tragic journey, Terri Schiavo is at
rest. Columba and I offer our condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Schindler, Bobby
Schindler, Suzanne Vitadamo and to all those who offered their prayers and
support to Terri's family over these past weeks, months and years. These
prayers were not in vain.
"Many across our state and around the world are deeply grieved by the way
Terri died. I feel that grief very sharply as well. I remain convinced,
however, that Terri's death is a window through which we can see the many
issues left unresolved in our families and in our society. For that, we
can be thankful for all that the life of Terri Schiavo has taught us.
"I still firmly believe that human life is a gift and a mystery, and that
its mystery is most evident at its beginning and ending. May all of us
whose hearts were moved during the life of Terri Schiavo grow in wisdom at