Sue, I am so sorry for your loss, but very glad that you posted. Others here also will appreciate what you said about the process of dying. I am glad that you were there for your dad. I feel sure he waited for you.
Warm hugs and many blessings,
Sue, you are welcome to post here anytime. Your experiences can benefit others.
Hi Sue, My name is Donna and my father passed away on Palm Sunday due to Cirrhosis. Your story was so similar to mine. I was lucky and only lived a few miles from my parents. There were many occasions that we thought this is it and took a big sigh that it wasn't. He also one day (the Thursday before he passed) became non-respondent but I know he could hear our words of love, feel us hold his hand and stroke his cheek and forehead. He passed early Sunday with just my Mom present which is a blessing. They were married 55 years and it is right they were alone at the end. I have spent my life trying to control events, feeling guilty for things that were totally out of my control and this experience has helped me step back and let go. I still love and care but I can let go of the responsiblity and the guilty feelings.
It is so hard to lose a parent. I will be speaking at his funeral next Saturday so any words of wisdom that you have would be appreciated. I hope I can speak without crying.