Nick's Last Day
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.