Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity.
19 May 2013
The final chapter
It has been a long and emotional week. My wife's father finally succumbed and passed away this afternoon. Thursday they placed him on "active dying" status and 24 hour hospice care. I had never heard of active dying but essentially it means that death was eminent. My wife and her sister were with him for most of last few days. He passed away quietly this afternoon. David has been suffering form Alzheimer's for several years and it has been very painful/sad to see him slip away. They've known this was coming for some time and were prepared for the inevitable, but it is still hard to say goodbye and emotions are very raw right now. On one hand, the daughters are saddened that their daddy is no longer with them, but on the on the other hand, there is some mixed relief that he is no longer suffering and is in a better place.