I want to thank everyone around here for their support, information and humor over the last six years. And for those who sent me messages about my situation. I was the sole caregiver for my older cousin.
Sometimes, I posted inquiring about any sign the end was near, but as it turns out, my cousin had hardly any sign she was actively dying. She (69 years old) was end stage and on hospice, but she ate well, had good vitals and had no change since a few months ago when she started sleeping more. So, it was a surprise when I got the call. I was glad that I had visited her through the window, since covid and while she couldn't focus on me, I could see she was being well cared for. While in MC she never had any skin breakdown, no colds, no virus, no flu, and no covid. I found it amazing.
A staff member was present when she passed and said it was very peaceful. The staff were shocked as well. The night before another longtime resident, who was close to her had gone and laid down at the foot of her bed....an unusual occurrence. We now think she sensed it. My LO was smiling, touched the staff member's finger and in no distress, hours before she passed. She had taken a nap and went in her sleep. So, for this I am grateful.