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Giving Comfort, Finding Comfort: The Emotional Turmoil of Bedside Vigils

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Dear Carol: My mother has had and beaten back several types of cancer, but then, at 83, she developed bowel cancer that spread. She said when this cancer was diagnosed that she didn’t want treatment and was at peace with her pending death. Mom’s on hospice care and is at home, though she’s non-responsive for the most part. The staff is good and uses the proper protocol for COVID so I’m incredibly grateful to them. I can work from home which is also helpful. Mom seems comfortable, so I have no complaints there either. It’s just that I don’t want to lose her. Of course, I don’t want her to suffer anymore, but my heart hurts as I watch her slip away. Is this selfish? Also, what do I do for her as I sit here by her side, and for myself?  – SG

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