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Talking about Aunt Belle


My Aunt….my mom’s sister (mom passed in Jan 2001…she was 78….uterine cancer…died about a year and a half after diagnosis)….passed yesterday, on my mom’s birthday, Mar 15. My aunt was 87, my mom would have been 94.

My aunt was in a nursing home until a week ago when she was moved to a hospital due to recurring pneumonia, difficulty swallowing, she had stopped eating solid food, and was having trouble with liquids.

About 15 years ago, her children moved her from Arizona, where she had lived with her second husband for 18 or so years (until a few years after he died of Alzheimer’s), to the Bronx, to a not very nice assisted living/intermediate care/nursing home facility.  She always missed Arizona terribly.

Eventually through my brother’s efforts, she was moved to a much nicer assisted living facility, and when she needed more help than that facility could provide, was moved to a nicer nursing home. This is where she has been for the last 4 or 5 years.

She had a son who was 15 minutes away (until recently moving out of state) who rarely visited her. She had a daughter, 5 to 6 hours away, who rarely visited her but called almost everyday..

Anyway, my aunt did not want a funeral service, and she wanted to be cremated. She wanted her ashes scattered in a favorite spot in Arizona, near Tucson, where she had lived with her husband until he passed. She scattered his ashes in the same place.

Her children intend to honor her requests.

I saw my aunt twice in the last few weeks (I am a couple of hours away). I knew she was heading downhill, and she and I had talked about her being ready to die.

I knew from the conversations with her daughter the last few days that the end was very close. I was thinking of going back to see her one more time when I got the call from her daughter that her mom had passed in the late morning.

My wife Emilee and my aunt had talked almost everyday for the last two years up until Emilee did not have the strength anymore. I tried to be her stand in for some time, until my aunt stopped answering her phone and it was difficult to get in touch with her.

My ex-wife also made it a habit of visiting my aunt when she could, and spending some time with her. That really was a blessing. And, my daughter in law had brought her daughter (about a year old) to see my aunt. She absolutely loved the visits. She was a sweet lady, and they all liked her.

She was upset when I told her Emilee had died, even though she knew it was imminent. It was not long afterward, that she told me she wanted to die.

I was sad that no one from her family was with her, even though I had said goodbye. But, I knew she went to be with my mom on my mom’s birthday.

I know they all had cake yesterday….my aunt and her husband, my mom and my dad, my Emilee and her father, my grandparents, even my dog Harmony….I know they all shared in the cake, and helped bring my aunt into the light.

I had said yesterday morning in a text to my brother, that I hope she dies today on mom’s birthday. Then I had to call him later and tell him the news.

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I'm sorry your Aunt passed and no one from the family was physically with her when she died. But I firmly believe she was not alone in that room. And she will be never be alone again; your wife now has one more loved one with her! I can relate. My Mother had one sister, my only blood related Aunt, who passed in 2009; she'd be 90 now. I take a balloon to her grave each year on her birthday. Believe me Neal, I'm certainly not in any hurry, lol, but it's going to be pretty wonderful when someday we are all reunited! God bless.
Thank you Marcia...I also believe she had company in that room, and as you said, forever has company now...I like the balloon...I am also thinking butterflies...Em loved butterflies...and heck of a party when all are united...thank you for sharing your story with me
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Your right, a sad story indeed but a little treat at the end, have it occur on your mom's birthday. I wish we could Skipe with the people in Heaven.
now a wonderful thought
It is sad to hear of anyone dying without family by there side, but it is wonderful that she is enjoying a piece of heaven with the ones she loves.
It is interesting that dates of deaths and births in families usually have a pattern to them. My mother died one day prior to the same date as her mother. She had pancreatic cancer and I feel she did not want to die on the same day as her mother's death as her father had died of cancer on my mother's birthday.
yes..I think she is in good company......the dates thing always interesting....Em died the same day her father died...deaths, births, connections....that was a brain twister ..what you wrote about who died when...i had to read it three times and I am still not sure I get it...(smile...
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Vital Info


February 10, 2017

North Haven, Connecticut 06473

In Memory of a Loved One

Cancer Info

Pancreas Cancer

Stage 4



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