ProLifeCorner- “I am the vine, you are the branches.”
When Maureen O’Rourke’s father was dying of Alzheimer’s, she promised to be with him to the end. A career nurse, she was confident that she could care for him during his difficult final days. After pneumonia set it, death was imminent — or so it was thought. He was taken to a nursing home; but she remained at his side, taking care of all his physical needs as he slipped in and out of consciousness.
Even though her dad continued to hang on, she was determined to keep her promise to him: that he had nothing to fear, that he would not die alone, and that she would stay with him until the end.
But after three weeks, she was physically and emotionally exhausted. She could not continue. From a WBUR “Kind World” radio interview entitled, Father’s Final Days, A Small Act of Grace, Maureen remembers: Continue reading