I have so much to be thankful for, and I am. I am thankful for the wonderful life that I have been able to lead and spend with my husband, Kevin, for the last 31 years. I am thankful for the family and friends that have accompanied us throughout our journey into the unknown. I am thankful for the supportive people that came into our lives at just the right moments; doctors, nurses, and other professionals who went beyond the required effort to ensure things were done right. I am thankful to my employer for allowing me both time and opportunity to stay with my husband – and not miss one moment of his final days.
Today my husband passed away. It was remarkably fast and for that I am thankful too. The rapid decline could have spanned weeks, most certainly days, but it was not to be. We had the kids come home for the weekend and the grandkids up. Close family members and special friends came by. We said our goodbyes and that appeared to provide a release for Kevin, allowing him to go. Instead of a prolonged ordeal he went very quickly.
It’s late, we are all tired and it has been a long day, and I am thankful that it is over.