Despite the fact that Vic has known for a long time that she will not die from old age the grim reality of Hospice involvement has forced Vic to come to terms with many losses.
“I still can’t believe it’s going to happen. I thought I had more time. I’m tired but I don’t feel that bad. I just feel like such a burden! I am so worried about how you will cope Mommy. We have always been so close….” Vic lamented this past week.
I am told that Vic is expressing many normal emotions that occur near the end of life. She is feeling the shock of how final death is and the guilt of being a burden on the family. Vic is also concerned about her family she will leave behind….
Knowing that death is imminent is takings its emotional toll on all of us
Vic said tonight that she has never been more scared in her entire life. She is scared of being “isolated” from us. She fears that we will not cope. She is so scared of the pain. She is so scared of leaving the boys behind….
I blogged on Vic’s fears before. https://tersiaburger.com/2012/07/01/vics-fears-2-7-2012 That blog was based on some research and actual observations. Now the fears have intensified and are more real than ever. The situation has changed so much in the past three months. For the worse!
The good thing is that Vic is actually sharing her fears with me. Tonight we prayed over her fears. Vic, at last, is dealing with her fears.
Vic is not ready to die. I am certain that very few people actually ever feel ready to die. I have read that it is perfectly normal to feel angry about life being cut short — it’s unfair and you have a right to be mad! Unfortunately, anger often gets directed at those closest to us, the ones we love the most. We feel safe with these people and know they will probably accept our anger and forgive us for it. Vic over the past couple of months has lashed out at the boys and I.
Vic is now channelling her anger as a source of energy to help her take action where it’s needed. She is telling us, her family, things she really wants us to know. Vic has re-channelled her anger to do meaningful and positive things.
Vic feels guilty about being a burden on us. She also feels guilty that she will be leaving her children behind. Tonight she told me that she felt guilty for distracting me whilst I was driving, 32 years ago, and we were involved in an accident! I told her that I felt guilty for yelling at her when she was 4 years old. Until my dying day I will always remember the fear and confusion in her dark brown eyes….
Worrying endlessly about these long-gone things won’t make it feel better about them. It won’t ease the burden we are carrying. It won’t make us feel better. It won’t make Vic live longer…
We spoke and I told Vic that we simply have to let things go. We cannot change the past. We must fix what can be fixed and try to let go of the things that cannot be changed.
Vic is stressed that Jon-Daniel and she have drifted apart. He is angry with the situation. She wants to spend time with him to rebuild their relationship.
Vic is no longer looking ahead to a seemingly “endless” future. She has lost so many things already. The strength to get around like she used to, the ability to get together with friends….. Vic feels distanced from friends who cannot handle the fact that she is going to die soon.
Vic has had many physical and emotional losses which have come before the loss of life itself. Yet she has gained some things too. She is seeking spiritual peace, a new relationship with her God.
Hospice has given Vic Azor for the anxiety. I believe that the drug is allowing Vic the calmness to seek spiritual peace and closure. She is getting her life in order. Over the years we discussed death as a natural extension of life…. Now she is discussing her funeral with me. Psalm 23 ans 1 Cor 13 will be the readings… What I will dress her in… Her pallbearers…
I sense a loneliness of the heart in Vic. I cannot imagine what it feels like to be aware of the fact that you are facing your last months of life, planning your funeral….No matter what we do or say – this is Vic’s journey.
I remember how I cried when I watched the movie Passion of Christ and saw Mary having to stand by, helplessly, whilst her son suffered carrying The Cross… She had to stand by and watch Him die the cruelest of cruel deaths…
Tonight Vic prayed “Dear Lord Jesus, we have not been friends for a long time. Yet I have come to you tonight to ask You to put Your arms around my children and to protect them…”
God please have mercy on my child.