Bill is now in his final Home. We got to the hospital about 7:40. His breathing rate was extremely rapid. They started morphine, and switched from ventilator to oxygen tube (because of the high breathing rate) around 8:00. Just minutes after 10:00 pm he took his last breath. Phil & I were both there. Ruth had gone to the hotel after saying goodbye to her husband for 53 years. It was very difficult for us, but I know that by the grace of God, we will make it through this.
I have no information about funeral time, etc. yet. I have only slept about 4 or maybe 5 hrs. since yesterday, then drove home. After a nap, I might be more coherent & might have more details on the service. The girls & I will go up tomorrow.
Just as a gentle thought to all of you who might attend the service: we have learned that people grieve in different ways, and need different things at this time. For Ruth, I think she will need the support of lots of people. For Phil, he will need "space" and time alone. I would like to ask that if he seems to not want to visit with people that you would graciously allow him that "space." I will probably just need a big box of tissues and a bigger dose of patience with the girls!
We love you and thank you so much for your prayers!