She had struggled mightily with some physical problems for the past few years and was in a great deal of pain, daily. Still, she soldiered on, coming to work, not complaining. It may be that she reached the point where it was too much for her to bear -- if that is the case, I hope that it was her choice to say "enough" and not an accident.
I know this is a controversial topic, but I truly believe it should be a person's choice, if they have a chronic illness, to decide to let go. I supported my own mom's decision, when her cancer had gone on for several years, to not undergo more chemo or radiation, but to choose to say her goodbyes and let go. It was extremely painful to me, but I had to respect her decision. I don't see a lot of difference between that and deciding to take matters into one's own hands -- my mom essentially made the same decision; it just took longer (and caused more suffering) waiting for the end to come.
Whew. This turned out pretty serious, but I was kind of thrown for a loop by her passing. What would you think, if you had (or have had) a loved one go through a long period of suffering? It's very hard to know what to do.
Here's a flower -- go with God, dear friend.
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