Last night dad – Ian, surrendered his physical being on this plane of life. While it was twenty-four hours in the lead-up plus the ten months prior, his last breaths were light and gentle. With our hands on his head and heart, shoulder and arm my sister Jenny and I could feel the peacefulness in his body.
Not long prior to my arriving, Jenny had a sense of a ‘hand’ on her back. Although there was no one else in the room she could feel that the support she needed was there for them both.
Leading up to dad’s last breath Jenny’s heart was pounding, and she describes the final moments for her as, ‘a letting go of that pounding and all was peaceful’; whatever she was experiencing was released and gone.
The moment of surrender was beautiful. I could feel the completion in the passing, and Jenny could feel the peace and serenity in the room.
While waiting for the lovely men to arrive to care for dad’s body in the final phase, we sat in the room and chattered about all things related. We had been provided with a lovely spacious room with lots of windows and a door that opened out to a terrace area – it was such a beautiful and peaceful time together after Dad’s passing over.
The door was open and Jenny said “Oh - there is a kookaburra” and there it was, a Kookaburra on the ground two feet from the door - this was 11.00 at night. What a joy to feel the blessing in this, that dad’s completion of life was supported by the presence of a Kookaburra, which for me is a symbol of joy.
The staff was amazing throughout Dad’s time in hospital and after he passed over, they commented on how our approach to his imminent death was very lovely and different from most.
As my sister and I said farewell at 12.30am she thanked me for the graciousness I brought to Dad’s passing over process, and again acknowledged how simply lovely it felt. For my part I could feel how just ‘being’ was all that was needed, and that it was the love and harmony everyone was held in and could feel, that supported Dad, my sister and myself during his last breaths.
The Biggest realisation I've been offered is that whatever has gone on previously matters naught at this time and it's never too late to offer loving support and connection to someone approaching their last breath - never lose the reality that at any moment a different choice can be made and with our presence alone and a loving touch of hands anyone can re-connect with their innate essence and love. It’s the openness and willingness to share and be in service to this purpose that matters.
The quality of living I've come to know, experience and choose through being a student of the Livingness has supported me immensely to appreciate what unfolded before me last night.
The depth of quality we were held with by our friends one and all, is so incredibly appreciated. Whether near or far, chatting recently or a while ago, the loving care you all share is what supports moments in life knowing we aren’t walking alone.
Ian passed knowing he was held in love, and this was deeply felt and supported us, knowing we were held in love, simply by the being-ness of our connection, thank you All.
With heart felt appreciation and love.
Sandra W., Australia