Dad died just after 4:30am Saskatchewan time. So from the time they first noticed some blood in his ileostomy bag til then was just over 12 hours. It was quick.
After talking more with the nurses and the rest of the family, he did clearly understand what was happening. They were able to talk some about what he wanted at the funeral. He understood and was able to say goodbye. I'm so thankful for that.
Around 1:30am here in QC, I wasn't sleeping so I got up and called him again. Mom said that he'd started to get a bit agitated and jerky (as in twitchy) and was seeing things. But when we talked, he made the most sense he has in weeks! It was so good to be able to tell him how much I loved him and would miss him, and how thankful I was for everything he'd done for me. He knew how much I desperately wanted to be there with him and see him again.
Heather said he continued to twitch and jerk a lot even after he fell asleep, but that for the last hour he was completely still and peaceful. I know it couldn't have been easy for them all to just sit there, but it's a comfort to know that he left this world calmly and without a terrible struggle at the end, surrounded by people who love him. And to know that there were two lovely, eager little boys there to welcome their grandpa and show him around.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Even though I know they talked quite a bit about the funeral, I don't know that a date and time have been determined yet. I'll let you know.