Have you ever had someone you love call you to tell you goodbye, because they are dying tonight?
My stepfather, who had a stroke and went blind last year, called me tonight. I answered the phone not thinking anything out of the ordinary. My mother said, very shakily and sad, “Bob wants to talk to you, to say goodbye.”
I was a bit stunned.
We then had about a fifteen minute or so conversation saying goodbye to each other. It was the hardest thing I think I have ever done in my life. He has always been a bit of a gruff person, but also one of the most honestly kind and wonderful people I have ever known. I simply told him how thankful I was to have known him, thanked him for all of his wisdom and sharing while I was living with him, and told him that he has always been a great man that I have looked up to.
Have any of you ever had to go through this? How did you handle it. I am still a bit shocked.
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