Just a quick note and a thank you to all those who have kept our family in your prayers and have sent good thoughts in our direction. My mother-in-law is still with us - I'm not sure how. I am truly amazed at her, "will to live". I don't think she afraid to die, but I do think that she is afraid of what she will leave behind . . . her family. Sometimes the hardest part about dying, is the effect is has on your family, and I know that this is true for her.
Watching and being with my mother-in-law has truly stirred my soul, stretched my faith, tested my compassion, and allowed me to re-examine my values. It has taught me that death, far from being a dreaded thing, can come as a welcome friend, gently carrying our loved ones to another sphere where life can again be meaningful and fulfilling . . . and I pray that this will come swiftly for my dear mother-in-law.