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The End of an Era

February 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Dad and David 2009In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 22, 2014, my father passed away at the age of ninety-one. He had a long, active life and at the end he went out on his own terms.

I won’t go into too much detail, but when he met with the doctor on Friday afternoon and knew that his time was short due to a dangerous infection in his foot, he chose to decline food and drugs, but accepted the medication that helped him remain as pain-free as possible until the end. His main thought and motivation was to see his wife again (she passed away in 2004).

My oldest daughter is a registered nurse and has worked in the area of critical care, and has extensive experience with death and dying. Barb and I arrived at the nursing home around 8:00 p.m. and he passed away at four fifteen a.m. the next morning. She was by his side until the end. We were shocked that his death happened as quickly as it did, but we are thankful he didn’t linger any longer than necessary. We had great support from the nursing staff who took good care of Dad, and us, during the time we were there.

I’m not going to write a long post today, but just wanted to thank everyone who was a part of his life that helped him along the way as he struggled with diabetes, dementia, and other ailments over the years. We’ve been blessed by the quality of care provided by the doctors and nurses who have taken care of him along the way.

Elder Care Café was created August 3, 2008, after a period of time on Blogger.com, with the intension of sharing Dad’s story and hopefully helping others deal with aging and the side effects that come along with growing older. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll continue to post on this site, but will for the foreseeable future.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this time. We have appreciated your comments and hope to continue to hear from you. God bless you!

 

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bonnie Gean // Feb 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    My prayers are with you and the family during this sorrowful time. May you fondly remember him always and know he is in a better place.

    Let me know if you need anything!

  • 2 Misty Spears // Feb 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I just wanted to say I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

  • 3 Edie // Mar 2, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Thank you, Bonnie Gean. Appreciate your prayers.

  • 4 Edie // Mar 2, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Thank you, Misty. Appreciate your kind words.

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