Michaela left her body at 3:50am Tuesday morning, September 4th. In the last few weeks, she became more and more withdrawn from the world and rarely smiled. Over the past few days, she stopped wanting to see or speak to anyone including her close friends and family. She told me on Friday that nothing was interesting to her anymore; not food, not reading (which she has always loved), not even her family. She stopped eating and slept most of the day. I came to do night duty on Monday night and around 10pm she told me that she felt her body shutting down and she thought this might be the time. I called Peter into the room and for about a half hour she connected with us. We held her hands and told her we loved her and were letting her go. Then she withdrew into herself again, going in and out of consciousness for 6 hours as Peter and I sat with her and did our best to keep her comfortable through the transition. She is finally at peace and free from suffering. For this I am grateful.
As per her request, we are not having a traditional memorial service but will hold a celebration in remembrance of her life. This has not yet been scheduled, but you can fill out this contact form if you would like to be notified.