Friday, February 13, 2015

Our present vigil

Just a quick post today:
We're in the last days here, the vigil of waiting and watching and listening while Grampie takes and catches breaths, with long gaps between. We can fill the silences between his breaths with words and memories and and catch ourselves sucking in our own chests while we wait. "The veil is thin now," a hospice volunteer told me last night when she saw him. I could see it myself.
So while we hold our vigil, we are together with those in the room and those around the world who would be with us if they could.
The end of a man's life is as important as the beginning.
God is present, sitting in this room with us.

2 comments:

Melanie said...

My thoughts are with you all. As a retired hospice nurse, I've sat by the bedside of many who took their last breath. Indeed God is with you in all this as well as with Grampie.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I am just reading this today, and also the post that tells us that the vigil is over and Grampie is home at last. Love and hugs to all of you. You certainly made his final days so much more pleasant. I know it was difficult, but so rewarding. Very proud of you.