With a heavy heart ,I have to tell that Grandma died at 2 am this morning . She was 90 years 10 months and 23 days old and boy did she have spirit ,fight and determination right up until the end .Yesterday Richard ,Lise ,Del,John,Jacob,Florence and I were with her , there was never a time when she was alone . At around 11.30pm. Jacob. Florence and John , said their goodbyes and left .The last thing Grandma heard from them was laughter over something John said – it was all happy and positive stuff. I stayed next to her .She slept ,her breathing shallowed and finally stopped at 2 am .Her death was very peaceful .I will miss her so very very much.
Bert ,it is so poignant you chose that photo of Rosie and Grandma for this months picture .That picture is above Grandma’s bed, I stared at it for hours last night .
Oh and one last thing .The staff at Uplands were amazing .They certainly deserve their ‘Gold Standard Framework in End of Life Care’.Nothing was too much trouble ,they treated her with dignity, compassion and ensured she was comfortable and not distressed the whole time .I thank them..