My precious mother-in-law, Boots, made her transition to a a better place on Saturday. She had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last 8 years and did not know us for the last few years. We will have her funeral celebration on January 13, what would have been her 92nd birthday.
Death is an interesting process and while all of us die it still holds the greatest mystery for us. We went to see her on Saturday and knew that she was nearing the end. We arrived at 1:30 and spent time with her playing her favorite country music and holding her hand. My husband told her that we were all there with her and it was okay to go. Her breathing became more shallow and pretty soon we couldn't see her breathing so we called the nurse. Gently and peacefully she had passed on at 2:50. Her death was so peaceful and easy and that made it so much easier for us. They said she was just waiting for Bobby to get there before she let go.
I have often said that you deal with a person's death the way they lived. If they struggled with life then their death is much harder to deal with and if they took life gently and easily then that is the way you deal with their death. Boots always made the best of life and did not resist what life dealt her. She was gentle, kind, thoughtful and loving. I am so grateful that she was in my life and that she provided the guidance and love that made my husand the good man that he is.
Go with God, Boots.