If you are new here Friday December 22 my Mom had a massive heart attack. I decided to write about my journey, wait, my Mom’s journey? Well, however we classify it. This is a Hospice story from my point of view, Helen’s daughter. This is the 5th of 5 posts about our Hospice experience.
On Day 4 of Hospice Care at 3:45 am December 29th my Mom passed away. I had a ‘feeling’ when it was time for bed and that she was slipping away. So I pulled up a chair and stayed by her bed holding her hand and talking to her as she passed away. It was peaceful. Mom is pain free now.
I would still 100% do it all over again. I would actually do it a few days earlier if I had do-overs.
I’ve told you before Hospice is FANTASTIC! Mom passed away at around 3:45 in the morning and a Hospice nurse was dispatched at 4 in the morning, from 50 miles away to confirm Mom’s passing. After that Hospice continued to do everything for me. Made all the phone calls and arrangements. The men dressed in suits and ties from mortuary arrived for Mom. In such a loving and carrying manner they wrapped up Mom and drove her to the mortuary. The medical supply company came for the oxygen machine and the hospital bed all of this before 10:30 in the morning.
Everything was done so fast and so efficiently that the only job left was to grieve.
But, Hospice didn’t stop there. Mom was gone and yet our Nurse Lisa still called to check on the family. Asking about each of my kids. Asking how I was. Reminding me that Mom is out of pain and that I did everything right to care for her and make her comfortable to the end. She reminded me that I did a great job. She gave me comfort letting me know again that I did all that I could and I did it right.
Lisa reminded me that the 24 hour 800 hotline is still available to all of us. Whether it’s for spiritual comfort, support groups, questions anything that I need. Even grief counseling for the entire family. They are still there for us.
So, once again, a huge thank you Silverado for the love and care that your staff provided to our family. I am forever grateful.
Thank you my little peanuts for allowing me to grieve here it’s been very cathartic for me. I love you all!!