If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish, would you ask for something like another chance?

Steve and I are now back home from our trip to Maryland to be with Steve’s mother at the end of her blessedly short stay in the Dove House hospice in Carroll County, and to be with family during the subsequent visitation, funeral, and wake.

We had rushed on the way down — fourteen hours straight on high-speed roads, from Maine to Maryland — and made the decision to go easy on ourselves, coming home.  As a distraction, and also to insure that we broke the drive into reasonable pieces, we charted a route via Barnes and Nobles, which means that there are signed copies of some of our books at B&N stores in Woodholme Center in Pikesville, The Avenue in White Marsh, Camp Hill, Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton/Vestal, Saratoga Springs, and Augusta.

For some reason, I have several hundred emails to cope with across my various inboxes; if yours is one, I appreciate your patience as  I slowly get back up to speed.

. . .I think that’s all I’ve got at the moment.

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6 thoughts on “If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish, would you ask for something like another chance?”

  1. Much sympathy to you and Steve and his family. “Blessedly short stay in …hospice” is so true. My mother had a stroke in 2003 and fell further into herself over the 5 years she survived.

  2. I echo CatBookMom’s sympathy, and your and her thoughts on the blessedly short stay. My mother-in-law lived with her daughter until she needed more care than her working daughter could provide. Once she reached that point, though, she only spent a few weeks in assisted care. That was a blessing.

    {{Hugs}} to you and Steve

  3. Dear Steve and Sharon,

    I’m very sorry about your mum passing away. I hope she was out of pain and her passing was peaceful. For yourselves, I hope the time you had with her over your lives was joyful more than not. (Yes, you Sharon as well, as she was your mother-in-law and you were part of each other’s lives for many years.)

    Warmest regard,

  4. Joy’s mom was able to do hospice at home– which was wonderful. She passed surrounded by her dogs, her family, and all her life. Our deepest condolences to you and to Steve.

  5. If I had just a minute to breathe, I would want to be dowloaded into a spaceship like Bechimo.

    After fifteen years as a hospice nurse I was heartened to discover that a life lived with peace and love is the best preparation for dying.

    I wish you both peace and healing.

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