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    death watch

    Crude way to say it, but that is what is happening. A very close friend's wife has been failing for several weeks. Yesterday she was moved from the hospital to the local hospice and all support removed. This includes fluids and nutrition. I have mixed feelings about that and didn't do with my mother. But my friend took the doctors advice and removed all. She is in mid-80s. I have known them almost 30 years and we are close friends. I'll go over after church and sit a while. He likes the company but I just cannot stay all day.
    Life happens and the end of life is part of reality. Still hard.
    She was a tall, elegant woman who always had a smile and kind word. Seeing her shriveled and helpless in bed is an undignified end. For my friend's sake, and hers, I hope the inevitable comes soon.

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    showing support is all a fellow can do....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    showing support is all a fellow can do....
    And it provides much more than some people might think.

    Very sorry to hear about your friend, Frank. May she go as peacefully and painlessly as possible.
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    Frank,
    I hope that your friend's wife's is at rest soon, and that his burden and yours are lessened at that time.
    Ned
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    I feel for you and your friend Frank, but hang in there -- he needs your support.
    May the Lord Bless both of you in these difficult times.

    Tony

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    i can understand and agree with some of your thoughts frank,, but if you didnt go there for what time you can, you would feel worse.. thoughts and best wishes head your way frank..
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    I'm with you Frank, and the best that you can do you are already doing it.
    Thoughts and best wishes as well
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    We will keep you and him lifted up in prayer here, Frank. You might have to be his life support for a while. Just have an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.
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    Frank, my Grandfather chose to die at home. It is nothing like the movies. It is painful to watch and very undignified. To this day, I remember the people that came to the house more to be with Grandma than with Grandpa at that time. Any time you spent was treasured I am sure, no words need be spoken, true friendship was shown by you. I will say a prayer for you and your friend and the elegant lady. May she always be the tall elegant lady in your memories, and not who you saw the other day.
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    Thanks all. Marion was still with us yesterday. But, as said, undignified. Bill just sits with her all day. Very stressful, I'm sure. The feeling of helplessness must be overwhelming. A couple of us from the Shrine club will be going up to see them in a couple hours.

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