Steve’s Weekly Wrap-Up: In Memory of Dr. Todd Lang, CMO

Todd Lang with family_newThis week we suffered the unexpected and tragic loss of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Todd Lang. We are all grieving his loss in our own way, and grieving with his wife Teressa and their three children Ava, Maya, and Ezra. While Todd was not with us long, his passion and vision were evident for this new role, and he wanted as we all want to continue to push Coliseum Health System to be the premier healthcare provider in middle Georgia. Todd put the same passion and commitment into his family. In my many discussions with him, it was evident that being a husband and father was a focal point of his life. Our hospital and his family will miss the many milestones he would have marked as an executive and father. I ask you to keep them in your prayers as they find their way through this difficult loss. Peace be with his family.

A friend of mine from college shared the poem below and I thought it appropriate for all of us to read and reflect during this time.

On the day I die a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.

The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.

The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.

All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.

The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.

The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.

All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.

My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always been anyway.

Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over; about my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away.

My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway.

The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore.

All the small and large anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless.

The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived.

These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die.


Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing will happen.


On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply.

They will feel a void.

They will feel cheated.

They will not feel ready.

They will feel as though a part of them has died as well.

And on that day, more than anything in the world, they will want more time with me.

I know this from those I love and grieve over.

And, so knowing this, while I am still alive I’ll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I’ll do my best not to waste a second of it.

I’ll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die, because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control.

Friends, those other things have an insidious way of keeping you from living even as you live; vying for your attention, competing for your affections.

They rob you of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating Now with those who love you and want only to share it with you.

Don’t miss the chance to dance with them while you can.

It’s easy to waste so much daylight in the days before you die.

Don’t let your life be stolen every day by all that you believe matters, because on the day you die, much of it simply won’t.

Yes, you and I will die one day.

But before that day comes: let us live.


From John

One thought on “Steve’s Weekly Wrap-Up: In Memory of Dr. Todd Lang, CMO

  1. This was beautifully written. He lived every day to its fullest, and was loved by many. I for one will miss his presence in the world. My condolences to Theressa and his children.

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