Today, while visiting Barcelona, I wandered through Gaudi’s famous architectural wonder, La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family). Conceived in the late 1800’s by Antoni Gaudi, Catalan architect, it has been under construction for over a century. It is still being built, but much of it is completed. Gaudi, a deeply religious man, created a vast sanctuary with columns made to look like tall trees, which hold up the ceiling of the church. The tops of the columns have edges that look like leaves. He designed windows to bring light into the church so that the inner building would look like a... Read More
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Today I returned from two weeks of caring for my mother in Florida as she slides towards the natural end of life. In the last two and half months I have been by her side for five weeks. It’s been hard. It’s painful to watch her dwindle, like a candle that is barely flickering, but still lit. I have had the opportunity to hold her hand at 3 a.m. in the morning, as she lay in her hospital bed at home, short of breath, frightened, waiting for the liquid morphine to work that I dropped under her tongue. I have been able to give her comfort in this final chapter of her life. I have been able to... Read More
I feel very fortunate.
During the last three weeks, my brother and I, my step sisters, and my nephews and nieces rallied together to take care of my mother, as she struggled for life. Last week, I came home after two weeks in Florida, first by her bedside in the ICU, then in the hospital, and finally in a rehabilitation facility.
During the first ten days, my brother and I worked as a team to insure that she received the care that she wanted and was able to refuse the care she didn’t want. We spent many hours together, talking, crying, laughing and telling stories. We got to... Read More