Webster’s Dictionery…to be slow in leaving: tarry

There are pros and cons for all events in life!  You can relate to that reality.  At end-of-life though, there are testimonies of people lingering for extended periods of time in an unresponsive state before they actually die.

Why?  Who really knows?  Some people think the dying person is “waiting for someone” or that maybe they have such a “strong heart” or just so young.  Other’s say the person may be trying to connect spiritually, but just are taking their time “crossing over.”

Loved ones watching this delay, this lingering in the dying process, experience a lot of termoil.  Their physical and emotional exhaustion comes from knowing death can arrive at any minute, but the minute turns to days and even weeks.

The waiting for someone’s last breath seems to me like the highest level of anticipation. Feelings of guilt and impatience can complicate the experience and yet…

One person’s death experience, no matter how quick or how long they tarry, still presents a major shift in the routine of life.  I pray for those who linger!  The prayer is that we on the parameter are managing their environment in such a way that they are not worried or distressed.  They too are just waiting!


About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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1 Response to Lingering

  1. Angela Bachler says:

    wow! I love that!

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