Nick's Last Day

Posted by Mimi Korcak, Midwest CareCenter volunteer

Nick's Last Day
Mimi Korcak with her brother Nick in 1996.

I learned to celebrate life on my brother’s last day on earth. He had pancreatic and colon cancer. I walked into his room at the hospice suite in the hospital and there was someone sitting with him. I had no idea who this man was, but his presence and peacefulness told me all would be well.

We sat there for hours until I realized I needed to say, "It is OK to leave now." So I got up the nerve to say it and did. As I said good bye, the niece of the other patient in the room started to sing "Amazing Grace" as if on cue. I felt a presence I could not describe. My brother nodded and as I was touching him, he let go, but not before his spirit went through me and I felt complete and pure joy! It was life changing. I knew he was going somewhere that no one here on earth could ever imagine. I left his room smiling ear to ear instead of crying. I did not feel sad, I felt joy in my heart. I cannot explain it.

Right then and there I knew that I wanted to a part of a hospice program. Since then, I have taken care of family members in their last days. I find it an honor and a privilege to be in their presence on their last day. For me personally it is My Final Gift to them.

We held a Celebration of Life party for my brother that was amazing. We had a gigantic block party and we all toasted him as we looked up into the stars. No tears―just smiles and a feeling of gratitude that we all got to spend time with him. His ashes were spread on top of a mountain called Inspiration Point.

Comments (1)

  • Anne Rossiter

    17 July 2014 at 19:23 | #

    Mimi...thanks so much for sharing your precious story...


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