During the last few months of my mother’s life, she suffered through the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She experienced terminal restlessness which means that she had panic attack-like episodes, fear, anxiety, as well as physical restlessness. Barb Holzhauser described this period as the struggle between the body and the soul at the end of life in physical form. Loosening the bond between the temporal body and the eternal soul can be difficult. The conversation between God and one’s soul is intimate and real. My mother’s last week of life was spent peacefully in bed, surround by family and hospice caregivers and beautiful music. She had lost the ability to swallow and did not have any food or fluid for seven days. On March 30th, 2012, she took her last breath with her daughter Debbie next to her. We are all so thankful for the support and love shared by the care-giving team of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We learned so much about the dying process and the love and respect one can give to an individual in their final days and breaths on this earth.
Barbara K. Seaver
June 12, 1029 – March 30, 2012
She was a devoted wife, mother, teacher and a gentle friend to many.
You are resting in peace this day.