(Snippets from the frontline)
She was a teacher, retiring at age 65 and traveling the world finally seeing countries she passionately illuminated for her students.
Grace wanted those she taught to be invigorated by their spirit of curiosity. Even in her mid-90s, she remained active tutoring and inspiring young inquisitiveness.
Students loved her, keeping in touch years after graduation sending birthday and Christmas cards.
Her favorite day was Christmas, as her family would gather at her home for celebration.
Always in good health she avoided hospitals, but in the final years of life, got quick “tune-ups” to keep her going. Now on palliative care, she knew her healthcare options were limited. After a fall and then bedridden, she re-emphasized what she wanted in her end-of-life wishes.
I let her family know, and she was put on hospice. Fading in strength, her family and students came surrounding her with love.
Grace died on Christmas Day, her favorite day. She was in her own home; in her own bed; resting on her own pillow; and with those she loved.
This is what Grace wanted.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.