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Some are words we've used before, some are new. Each one has an emotion attached to the new learning experience.
I hate that all these words apply to my precious father-in-law.
The progression has been swift. The changes in him are almost unbelievable. And as much as we want to stop this rollercoaster, there are no brakes on this ride. We are simply grateful that he has no pain yet. We hope for no pain ever.
We've been told our time is brief - 2 weeks to 2 months. That was 4 weeks ago. We are cherishing every moment with him, allowing him to live as normally as possible for as long as possible. He amazes me with his determination to keep on living while he still has breath.
Over the years, this man has taught me so much about life, living and love. Now he's showing me how to die with grace and peace.
My emotions are raw, but acceptance has come.
...may there be mercy and his life remain pain-free...