I can’t say that it was unexpected but last night my mother finally gave up and died quietly around 11:40 PM. The last few days have been quite surreal and despite preparations I am quite stunned.
It was almost as if she were waiting for me to come to California and see her. Our last visit she called me by name and that was just a few days ago. My mother was a Sicilian by birth and nature and strangely enough her last lucid statement was “I am staying here!”.
She is survived by her four children, three grand kids and one great grand daughter.