Ms. "J" Passed Peacefully On 9 September...
Some of you may recall, back on 26 January, I started a thread about "Dementia / Alzheimer's", where I gave some back history on a dear friend my wife and I were caring for...Ms. "J". Her name was Geraldine, but she went by "Jerry" as her nick-name. Originally, I had stated she was 75 at the time, but she was actually 76...and she had just turned 77 in July of this year.
Her sickness finally took its toll on her body, and at approximately 2 AM Monday morning, 9 September, Jerry passed away peacefully in her sleep. My wife and I were notified at 4 AM...which started a 19 hour day for us. Please, don't misunderstand me...I'm NOT complaining here...no, never. Nevertheless, it's been a very busy week in making arrangements, contacting Jerry's family, (all from out of state) etc., etc...some of you know of what I speak of. We laid Jerry to rest yesterday at 1 PM with a very nice ceremony (aren't they all?) and said our final goodbyes.
Losing Jerry, my dear friend for so many years, was bittersweet. My heart was torn between still wanting her here to see and talk to, yet...another part of me felt relief and blessed on Jerry's part, for she is no longer just "living" within her mind and thoughts. Jerry was very frail at the end, no more than 95 lbs, and her quality of life was really not there, although she received tremendous professional care at the Senior Living Facility, by staff, nurses and even other residents. She was admired and loved by many during her stay. I know she did not suffer physically, nor mentally in any extreme.
In closing...I just want to Thank everyone who commented back in January and provided thoughts and prayers on behalf of Ms. Jerry. I truly appreciate your words, insight and the sharing of your own personal experiences. Thank you all for being there.
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Take Care...and, Stay Safe!