Dr. Richard Brian Hey “got it.” He simply got it.
He knew, intrinsically, why we do what we do–he knew why we tick, and most importantly, he knew how to explain it so that his patients “got it,” too. Y’know, it’s one thing for someone to be there for you; everyone has that one person who was there for them during their darkest days–and Richard was, indeed, there for me during the darkest, most desperate hour of my life to date. Friends are important, and their gentle words of reassurance are equally important. But Dr. Hey was much more than just a friend with a pat on the back and a “everything is gonna be alright.”
Not only did Dr. Hey tell you that everything was gonna be alright, but he could tell you how–precisely–everything was gonna be alright. My grief is assuaged somewhat by the fact that he performed this amazing miracle not just for me, but for hundreds of patients over the years. It is assuaged further by the fact that I was amazingly fortunate to have seen Dr. Hey several months before he passed, and was able to articulate to him these very thoughts; I am a much better person for having Dr. Hey in my life and owe him a debt of gratitude that, sadly, I can no longer repay.
A brilliant light has been extinguished; a light that led me and so many others to a peace and profound understanding of ourselves, and it is truly a gift beyond measure and without equal.
Goodbye, Richard. Thank you; thank you for lighting the way for us.