Re: How long can my father linger?
I am a hospice vigil volunteer, and have sat with many "actively dying" patients. It is a fact, that hearing is the last of the five senses to go, and that many times they (the patients) will hold on longer than anyone thought possible, for whatever reason is very important to them. I had one man who in the final week(s) of life, promised his wife that he would still be alive for their 63rd wedding anniversary. He kept that promise, and died the next day.
Can you think of anyone or anything that he is still hanging on for??
You say that "He is peacful and appears to be in no pain or distress"; however I believe that his nurse is still giving him probably Ativan and Morphine on a regular basis.
Yeah, for sure watching and waiting for a close friend or relative (such a your father) to die is really hard to deal with. Stress Level = 100% and then some.
I am sorry for your loss.