After many struggles, Mom finally passed on at 6:15 p.m. this evening. Dad and Jane were with her, but I and my brother Rob had already gone home. She was comfortable and not in pain. Dad said that she looked very peaceful.
It’s been a very long journey since last Saturday. Dad’s gotten about 10 hours of sleep in 4 days. He’s going home to rest, and I’m starting to make the funeral arrangements. We’re having an autopsy done, as my mother had a very unique health history and was being studied by a researcher at Brigham & Women’s Hospital who used to be the Head of Rheumatology at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where they got most of their health care.
I will be posting information about dates and times of the wake and the funeral as we figure them out. I will also be posting any request that we might have for help. I know that many people have asked how they can assist, and I’ll try to let people know the ways that they can do that here. I know that my Dad will need a lot of support both now and in the future.
I’m inviting anyone over tonight that wants to come and bring some vegetarian food that I might be able to eat as leftovers, help me clean up the apartment a bit, and just give me hugs. All are welcome. Call me if you’re thinking about coming, but I would ask that you send your condolences to me electronically. I think I’m going to be inundated, and I’d like to be able to handle them when I have the time and mental capacity.
We’re all emotionally drained from this, so please be understanding.