Dad died this morning a little before 4:00. He had an apparently peaceful week as the nursing staff and hospice managed his pain. He slept a lot but, as of yesterday morning, he seemed to be stable. His nurse told me that she checked on him and he was sleeping and when she checked a half hour later, he had passed.
I believe that this was the best thing for him. This last decline was really very fast and he did not suffer long.
Although I’ve been dealing with this all week, I found at the end I was not expecting this. I half way thought he was going to rally and linger for at least several weeks. Having just been through this with Mom’s death, my head is filled right now with the thousands of things that need to be done.
Take a deep breath. Let’s just get through today.