I have been watching my strong and loving father decline drastically over the last few months. As his care needs increased, so did our exhaustion. He entered respite at our local hospice house on 03/28. During that time he decided that it was indeed time for a rest. He passed away very peacefully on 04/08. He gave me the gift and privilage of being present at that time. The staff at the hospice house not only cared deeply for him, but they provided support and care for our whole family. They allowed me to be his daughter during his final week, rather than care taker. Now starts the work of adjusting to life without him. I know he is at peace and with my mother and sister, but it is still hard to bear. The hospice staff also provides aftercare for the first year of our loss, which I will definitely need.