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Aunts struggle is over was posted 08/31/2002 12:14 am by Diane from MI
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Thursday, August 29th at 5:14 p.m., my Aunt Irene took her last breath. I had been with her on Tuesday when she seemed to get upset over the fear of not being able to stay in her house, crying some and saying she wants to pass at home. When I left Tuesday she was quiet and said I hope I see you again. Wednesday she slept from 3:30 in the morning till 3:30 in the afternoon, when she woke she had 3 tablespoons of oatmeal, went back to sleep but Wednesday night she rolled back and forth on the bed nearly all night. When I got to the house Thursday, I sensed a definate change and she still was going back and forth and said Hi and only answered questions and listened as we conversed among ourselves. She was in no pain as we kept asking her, didn't want to be moved higher on the bed. Her brother came over at noon and I think he was the last person she recognized with her eyes, when the hospice nun came she immediately called the nurse and we were told it was endstage stuff happening. Staring around the room, but not seeing us, heavy breathing. We immediately said prayers, continuously talked to my Aunt telling her to have a good journey, take her Guardian Angels hand, etc. At 4:15 a parish priest came, we held hands and said prayers by this time she was already quite at peace. Suddenly about 4:30 she opened her eyes real wide, definately staring at something but you could tell she wasn't really in our world other than knowing that we were helping her to take this journey. She was already starting with shallow breathing in between the heavy breaths (I also heard some rattling). She slowly closed her eyes about 10-15 minutes before the final breath. We kept telling her to let go, enjoy the journey, hold your Guardian Angels hand, that her mother and father would welcome her with a hug, she would see Jesus and she went so peacefully. I hope that we didn't rush her out but she was breathing the hard breaths. I will miss her so much. She had a great personality and I was blessed to have her in my life. Thank you to all of you for all your help and prayers. I will continue to pray to you and will continue checking this site - it is really a terrific support when you are dealing with PC.

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