1. Laurie, I am breathless and wiping tear-filled eyes as I read this. You are gracious and poised at a time when many fall to pieces. Your words convey a beautiful love of family and tell a story of a life well-lived. I wish you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Best to you, Karen

  2. You've brought up so many memories with this short post. First, yes–all about love. I was more grateful, kind and open when my parents were dying in hospice than at most other times. It's a reminder of what is important and you're surrounded by people who are all experienceing a universal pain in loss. Sobering. And two–music! I remember now a person who came to play for my mom–can't remember what instrument but made me happy that there was beauty in her room . . .

  3. Sounds like you've had your share of these sad experiences. I tell myself its part of life. Dad lived a good, long life and that's what matters. Thanks so much. Laurie

  4. Laurie I am Shelly from Church of the Redeemer. This is utterly beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. You are in my prayers.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful, heart-breaking, poignant, and very real look at what it means to live and what it means to die. A couple of things jumped out at me: Your comments about needing help being born into this world, and help leaving it as well. And this statement too: "What matters is who you love."

  6. Thanks so much, Christine. Hospice is both intense and peaceful at the same time. Its amazing what thoughts arise, some we never expected. Thank you for reading.

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