What a Privilege ....

@sueznewz2 (9705)
Alicante, Spain
November 26, 2015 4:00pm CST
Yesterday  a lovely lady shrugged off her mortal ties .... and left this world ... and I had the privilege of being there .... You might think it strange that I should call it a privilege, but it was. She was a lovely lady, a gentle soul,  an enabler and encourager, a strong independent woman, who grew with the times .... she was 96,  she only gave up driving four months ago ... and daily used a tablet, to email and skype various members of her family and friends. They were all with her at the time, she was not in any pain, or on any  medication, she was talking to the family in between her laboured breaths and squeezing their hands .... She was content and ready to go, after a short illness and trying to battle pneumonia ... I was privileged to be there, to help and support in the good times, and at the end ...., along with her family ..., she had a peaceful and dignified exit from this world ... and will be sorely missed by many.
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@Susan2015 (20164)
• United States
26 Nov 15
Very sorry for your loss. She sounded like a lovely woman.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
She was & I will miss working with her...
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@Juliaacv (28974)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
I know, I have worked with seniors and been there as they left our world. Being a part of it all really makes you understand the difference between someone dying and someone passing doesn't it? I hope that she rests in peace and that her life has affected you in a very positive way.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
What lovely words Julia.... yes there is a difference.... and I'm sure she us at rest....
@just4him (110011)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov 15
That is a wonderful look at a life you had a privilege to know and be part of her life. I'm sorry you will not have that privilege any longer.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
Yes me too... but it was a pleasure and joy while it lasted....
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@jstory07 (65338)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 Nov 15
she was loved by her family and friends and in the end they were all there for here. How sweet.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
Yes she was and it was good that they were together
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@glenniah (1202)
• Mandurah, Australia
27 Nov 15
It is always a privilege to be with someone who is about to leave this earth. Sounds as if your lady was ready to go peacefully.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
Yes she was, and without pain, and with the thd support of her family...
@LadyDuck (147309)
• Switzerland
27 Nov 15
I am sorry, I remember you wrote about this wonderful Lady. This is not a bad way to quit this mortal world.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
That's right I did a little while ago... yes it was very peaceful....
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@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Nov 15
Sounds like she had a good run, right up to the end - I hope I am still able to drive if I make it into my nineties.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
Yes, I hope i'm as fit and healthy as she was at that age....
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@sofssu (14485)
29 Nov 15
Sorry for your loss.. I know what you mean I have been with a close friend when she passed on.. she was so much at peace even though she was leaving behind young children and a distraught husband.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
29 Nov 15
its difficult... but it can also be very peaceful... I'm sorry for your loss... but glad that you were with her and that she was peaceful....
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@BelleStarr (36965)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Nov 15
It is nice to think that she was at peace and with those who love and care about her.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
29 Nov 15
Yes ...while it was sad, I'm glad her family were there, with her and each other.....
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@HazySue (19998)
• United States
28 Nov 15
@sueznewz2 she sounds like a remarkable woman. I am sorry for everyone loss. It sounds like it will leave a hole in everyone's life.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
29 Nov 15
Yes it will, as they were all involved and in contact with each other, several times a week....
@valmnz (12521)
• New Zealand
28 Nov 15
That sounds like a quite unique experience. It must have been beautiful to share in it.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
It was a very special time...., but the nature of my job ..., means it is something that I come across from time to time... but not all of them are such a special time....
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@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
I can see that it can be a great privilege to be with someone at the very end.
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@sueznewz2 (9705)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
I think it probably depends on the circumstances..... but my experience so far has been good ones....
@gudheart (12755)
28 Nov 15
So sad for the loss but at least she was not in any pain and is now in peace :D
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@rebelann (38863)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Nov 15
I am glad you got to be with her at the end, no one should die alone.
@PainsOnSlate (20084)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
You brought those tears back into my eyes. I am sorry for your loss but I can understand she was ready to go, what a way to go, so peacefully and with her loved ones around. Bless you for being there.