Tonight, at about 8:10 Dad took his last breath and his heart slowed to a stop. I am very glad I was there. One minute there were very weak breaths, then those were done. One minute there was life, fragile as it was, then it was gone. Dad just kind of slipped quietly away.
The emotions are complicated at a time like this; a death that is in many ways a relief from a disease that began to take Dad away years ago. However, there was a strong bond that withstood the ravages of the disease and the last few years have let us take time for him as we prepared for this sort of inevitable day. It is hard to part from someone you really love, even if they are going on a journey to a better place.
So, my Dad, Thomas Lloyd Dice, born Aug. 24, 1919 in Prince Albert, died today, Nov. 18, 2005. Eighty six years lived to the full.
The end of a long chapter of my story. The beginning of a whole new chapter of his – the eternal life begins.