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Sunset over the Salish Sea (English Bay), from St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada - 8 Aug 2014,

His final sunset over the Salish Sea

Every day felt like a bonus, a sweet taste of daily magic.

Over the time he spent in the hospital, Dad charmed the staff by chatting with them in broken English; it was a way for him to express some measure of control. As expected with decreasing hemoglobin levels, his body continued the downward slide. His mind and spirit departed at the beginning of the third week; he had become unresponsive. Over the next five days, his body remained, the breathing steady, though shallow and sometimes laboured. He was calm, at peace, and thanks to the meds, without pain.

From the top of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, I photographed this post-sunset scene on 8 August 2014, with fading light peeking up and over the cirrus, high over the Salish Sea (English Bay) and the downtown peninsula. I’m sure he sensed the daily change in light, even though he could no longer see by the end.

Hours later the following morning, Dad breathed his last and slipped away for good. He marked his 82nd birthday six weeks earlier.

The long road for him has ended; another chapter and another journey begins.

Warmest thanks to the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, and particularly, the men and women who work enthusiastically and gracefully in the hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

22 Responses to “His final sunset over the Salish Sea”

  1. Cathy Sweeney

    Henry, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s very difficult to lose a parent, I know. But I hope you’ll find comfort in your memories of your father. This is a lovely tribute to him.

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  2. Eva

    I am so sorry dear Henry. There is some comfort in the fact that your goings around the world brought you back home in time to enjoy his last few years. May he rest in peace.

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  3. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    So sorry to hear of your news but such moving, beautifully written words and equally peaceful beautiful perfect photograph in his memory. Condolences to you.

    Liked by 1 person

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