Adrian died on May 24, 2011 at home. He died peacefully without pain, thanks to Hospicare. Once this wonderful organization took charge, I felt that we were cradled in their arms. They were available 24/7, guided us on pain medication, talked to doctors so that we didn't have to, and provided whatever we needed such as oxygen, hospital bed, air mattress, etc.
I will be going to bereavement support groups sponsored by Hospicare, and they have counselors available to me as well. In every way, they support us at the end of life, caring for the dying as well as the family left behind.
Adrian went downhill both physically and mentally over the past six months, and caring for him was very stressful. I was not able to keep up with this blog, but I want all of you out there who are caregivers to know I am thinking of you.
Mixed with my grief and sadness is relief, as anyone who is or has been a caregiver will understand. Caregiving takes such a tremendous toll on our bodies and our hearts.
If your loved one is near the end, in pain and suffering, think of calling your local Hospicare. I was so glad I did.