Saturday, March 21, 2009

Last Day of Hospice

Dad died tonight at about seven, when I was at home eating dinner. (We didn't find out until we went back to the nursing home at 7:30 and walked in on the body; hospice had left a message on my cell phone, but I'd missed it.) The nurses were turning him and he just stopped breathing. They told me it was quick and peaceful, and he looked peaceful to me and Gary and the priest from my church who came to pray with us, and who stayed until the funeral home had taken away the body.

I'll post more tomorrow. I'm exhausted now.

Rest in peace, Dad. I love you.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss.
    God grant you comfort....... and may your memories of your father always be a blessing to you.
    May your father rest in peace and rise in glory.

  2. Dear Susan,

    My sympathy to you and your sister and your Mum.

    I will be thinking of you all over the next few days.

    Best wishes from Liverpool

  3. Dearest Susan, I'll be praying all day for you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss but glad that Alan went peacefully and also for those last days/moments you two had tother. I'll ask for blessings for you and your family at church today.


  4. My prayers are with you, Susan. Your father was blessed to have your loving care in his last days.

  5. Susan, I've been so moved by your journey with your father in recent months. Prayers arising for both of you.

  6. OtterB7:17 AM

    Prayers and virtual hugs, Susan.

  7. Anonymous7:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing your father with us with your stories.
    Please accept my condolences for you and your family's loss.


  8. Anonymous8:04 AM

    I haven't been posting as you've shared with us this journey, but you and all of your family have been very much in my thoughts and prayers. May God's great healing and love enfold you and those around you.

  9. Oh, Susan. You have my condolences and my prayers, both now and in the coming days.

  10. Oh, Susan--love and prayers to you and your sister. This was so fast. I can only imagine how shocked and exhausted you are. So very glad your priest came. Your Dad was so lucky to have you. You and he were so strong and clear in these last days; it's a huge gift to him. You made it possible for him to have such a peaceful passing.

  11. From God we come, to God we return.

    It sounds like he was ready to go. I'm glad you were able to be with him near the end.

  12. Prayers of peace and strength for you and your family. And prayers of thankfulness that your Dad's death was peaceful and without pain.

    Your dad's story over the last months has moved me, made me think about some things differently. I am so sorry that you didn't have more time to share your life with him once he moved near you.


  13. So sorry for your loss. Much sympathy to you and to the rest of your family.

  14. Berni3:19 PM

    I'm sorry for your loss, Susan.

  15. May God be with you. I have been so moved by your journey with your dad. In a sense I have relived my own experience with Mama. And you have helped me realize that I really did do the best I could, too. Just as you did.

  16. I'm so sorry for your loss, Susan.

  17. Sympathy to you and your entire family, Susan. Such a long journey, then so fast at the very end.

    May the coming hours, days, and weeks come as gently as possible, and may you be wrapped in comfort and love.

  18. I'm so sorry. It's so hard, even when it's expected. I'll be praying for you and your sister.

  19. Susan, I join the chorus in expressing my sympathy and sorrow for your loss. Even though the end was rapid, I think both you and your dad were preparing for this and having made the decision to stop pursing aggressive treatment gave him "permission" to stop, and listen to his body, and let go.

    Many loving thoughts and prayers.

  20. Mine and Sherri's prayers and thoughts are with you.


  21. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you and your loved ones in this time of grief.


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