Final Days

Mom is home resting comfortably surrounded by her family.  Liese (my sister-in-law) and Bethany (my neice) arrived Thursday.  Uncle Tom & Aunt Jan (Mom’s brother and sister-in-law) arrived last night.  Wayne (BIL) comes Sunday morning and Aunt Diana (mom’s sister) arrives Monday.  We are hoping that she will survive until everyone is able to come.

She is in the final stages of life and while it is difficult to think about we are at peace.  We are doing what Mom would want.  Remembering, preparing and laughing.  Last night the children played and the adults took time to discuss final preparations, all the while mom snored loudly from her bed.

The hospice care providers have been fantastic and very comforting to everyone at the house.  I’ve spent most of my time this week with the distraction of work, but the boys allowed me to leave a little early last night to go be with my family. I am so thankful they did that.

I appreciate the words of support.  Thank you to those who have stopped by the store to give a hug or called to check in.  We feel so blessed to have such a large network of friends.  Mom would like that too.

6 Comment

  1. bethee says: Reply

    Sending you good thoughts and wishes for peace. I’ve been where you are now. Please reach out if you need to talk.

  2. Tricia says: Reply

    Until my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (a month after my wedding) I never knew how devastating and destructive cancer was. Strange because I spent four years performing cancer research! But to experience it take control of someone you love is heartbreaking. I think my grandmother died about 2.5 months from diagnosis and those final 2 weeks were tough. I think being together with the family is the best thing you can do for yourself and for Mom right now. Thinking of you!!!

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    I can’t stop by to give you a real hug, but I am sending many, many virtual ones. When my MIL passed, the one thing I remember the most is how we got in trouble for laughing in the hospital. We were taking turns telling funny stories about her, celebrating her life as she prepared to leave it. Even though the nurses got so mad, she would not have wanted it any other way.

  4. Heather Nelson says: Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all tonight. Bev was a wonderful, caring, thoughtfull, person who loved you all so very much. We were all so blessed to have known her. We love you too and if there is anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to call!

  5. mom says: Reply

    All of you are in our hearts and prayers.

  6. Jenny says: Reply

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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