|this is my mom's youngest grandson hanging out with her a week before she died|
I didn't make it over again until Saturday. I was actually on my way but had to stop at the store first. While I was there my dad called and said that we should all be coming over. He'd called the nurse because he was concerned that he and the aide couldn't wake up mom or get her to eat. The nurse, Julie, came and checked on mom and felt like this was the end and that she probably only had a couple of days left with us. This was shocking to hear really.
I got to the house first and then the rest of my siblings with their families got there too. It was a very special evening with most of us gathered in my mom's room.
|Jared saying good-bye to his grandma|
|Kamryn saying good-bye|
Taking turns with our mom and talking to her, savoring those last few precious moments with her.
|Justin found the coolest spot in the room - by the vents in the bathroom :)|
Parry's family was the last ones there Sunday evening. My mom looked at their kids and spoke with them. It was my turn to spend the night. My sisters felt like mom would make it through the night and felt okay about going home.
During the night I slept in my mom's room and actually got a few hours of sleep. She had very labored breathing that was hard to listen to.
First thing in the morning the nurse came and said today would be the day. That was still shocking to hear. My sisters got there first thing in the morning and one of our favorite aides, Selote, got there too. She immediately brought such a beautiful and peaceful spirit into her room. We actually quickly went over to the mortuary with my dad to pick out her casket and were only gone for 20 minutes maybe. Right when we got back we noticed my mom seemed so much more peaceful and quiet and looked different. We sat with her for maybe another half hour and then she just quietly slipped away. Her friend Doris was there in the front room with my dad so we had her come in to say her very last good-byes.
|Julie, her nurse|
|Selote took such good care of our mom|
and knew everything to do to keep my mom looking her best, even in death
|saying last good-bye|