My father-in-law died last night at 81. His illness was extremely short. He did not suffer. However it is my observation that short final illnesses, while a blessing for the person dying, can be very hard on the surrounding family. DH had just arrived back in the States from Asia and is in San Francisco. His younger sister is in Virginia. Their other sister was at their father’s bedside.
Yesterday was spent on the telephone. Today will mean telling Lucy. Just hearing that Papa was very sick had her sobbing for hours. He was her last surviving grandparent.
The next few days will likely be crammed with emotion and logistics as DH flies home and immediately drives to New Hampshire and we make plans to join him there. I pray I can be a warm and loving support to my husband and his sisters in this difficult time.