Have you known anyone to die on a holiday?

United States
December 24, 2011 9:31am CST
My father in law might die today or tomorrow. He is getting so much worse. He's actually delirious now. Yesterday my SIL called hubby to say he needed to get over to see his father. His father thought people were poisoning him, he was throwing things across the room, and demanding the police be called. But when hubby got there FIL was asleep and could not be woken up (not sure if this was drug induced or not). My first thought was perhaps there was some truth in this. He is in a new facility, a hospice center. So perhaps he isn't being treated right and this is his way of telling us. Well, my husband just called today. He got a call from a volunteer at the hospice center saying his father wanted to speak to him. When he got on the phone, his father told him he was being held against his will.. he named a city which was no where near where he's actually at. He then said the people who are holding him aren't telling him where his wife is. His wife has been dead almost 2 years now. After that he said something about wanting some ice skates. So yeah.. that's delirium. Hubby also said when he saw his father yesterday he was wimpering from the pain. It is terrible FIL has to suffer so much in his final hours. We all wish he could have just died peacefully. I also worry about how his death on Christmas might affect my family. Not just this year, but forever. Christmas is supposed to be a happy, festive holiday. But my husband and children will forever remember Christmas as the day their father/grandfather died. It will be depressing instead of happy. Have you ever lost someone on a holiday? Did that loss change the meaning of the holiday for you?
2 people like this
2 responses
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Feb 12
Close to a holiday but never on a Holiday. That is weird after hospice took over for my granny and they put her in a facility her health went down hill as well.. My mom had suspected that they might be giving them something to help them pass on faster..I'm not really sure though or it was just the pain of loss speaking. She supposedly drowned in her own fluids on her lungs which was preventable if they had been giving her the water pill prescribed..
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Feb 12
Yeah they weren't giving granny her pills and stuff either..only morphine. And she was a diabetic was suppose to take insulin shots as well. and had congestion heart failure as well as emphysema and copd.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Dec 11
No, I don't think I've had family die on us on Christmas or any holiday. I think that would really be sad. The same way I feel an extra thug inside when I see or hear people losing their lives on or just before Christmas. I feel sad for the people and family they leave behind.
• United States
29 Dec 11
I hope it's something you'll never have to go through.