A Good Resting Place
Where all burden has been removed.
A final Place of Rest and True Peace
On Sunday November 14, 2010 my father went on to be with God and the others who have left here. After a long fight with lung cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma my dads suffering ended right here in the comfort of familiar surroundings at his home.
For a year and a half my wife Marie,brothers,sisters my son and I have been here caring for him and trying to comfort him. With a triple bypass surgery done in 2005 and his wife, mom suddenly passing in Febuary 2006 dad was pretty much convinced that life would never be the same again. And you know, he was right. In June of 2009 I returned home to try and look out for my father because something in my mind was telling me that he wasn't doing well. Sure enough, I took him in to see his physcian and we found out that he had an unusual spot in his left lung. Turns out it was cancer and already had grown to a stage 3 status.
Then the doctors recommended chemo therapy and radiation treatment because of his age and the fact that he had already underwent bypass surgery for his heart. We made it through the treatments however it drained every once of energy he could muster. As the months went by, dad started to feel like his old self again and that was pretty good, until one day he went to the oncologist for a routine check and they decided to do some imaging. An MRI showed some unknown growth in the right side of his brain and the doctors decided that it would be best to remove it because the chances are it is cancerous. Dad got the surgery done to his brain and was recovering when the doctors started him on more radiation, but to his head this time. He took fifteen shots of radiation and after that could never recover to his old self. Months went by of watching him decline and trying to keep him comfortable until one day he finally admitted that the pain was too much. At that time, we under the supervised care of Covenant Hospice group, a wonderful organization, I might add and I was instructed to call them even before contacting emergency services or a hospital.
Dad went on continuous care which just means a nurse would be by his side from now on 24 hrs. to care for him and give him medicines for pain and other complications that go with severe depression, dehydration, diarhea, nausea etc.
About four days of round the clock care, the old guy finally passed from his heart working too hard, distressed breathing and his body just not wanting to cooperate overall.
My sister and I were very emotional at the time of his passing, but we were both relieved to know that the suffering and the pain had finally ended.
It is a hard thing to watch day by day, a loved one withdraw from life and become so sick they just want to die. I know that my father is in a better place out of his mortal body. I write this hub as a memorial to my mother and my father who are now together for always and to express my love for all they've done for me in my life. May they be happy that God is with them even now.
Thank you in advance for your comments if you should happen upon this hub and read it. May you be blessed in every area of life.