They didn't have the chance to pack their bags. They didn't even have an opportunity to plan what would happen to what they left behind.
At the time, I thought what a cruel way to enter the last stage of your life here on this Earth. But as cruel and as painful as their circumstance may have been, it happened. Just as it happens to many of the world's elderly. One of the two is injured or ill, and the other goes along to the care facility because they can not live alone.
My father-in-law was not the injured or ill spouse. But he passed from this Earth in February 2010.
He never went home again.
He celebrated his last and 93rd birthday at his home on November 11, 2009.
Happy Birthday, Pa.