(Just to warn you, in case the thread title gave it away: this is a bit bleak).
I’m going down to Dorset this weekend to visit my dad and stepmum. My stepmum was diagnosed with cancer last year and after various rounds of chemo, operations etc has now been told that she’s got weeks to live. (We found this out two weeks ago but they’ve been inundated with visitors so we’ve delayed our visit until now).
Anyway, I’ve never had to do this sort of visit before. I’ve had many relatives who’ve died before but I’ve never seen them, knowing that this’ll be the last time I see them alive. (When my mum died, I think there was a part of me that believed that she’d recover - also I was 18 at the time and not really equipped to deal with this). I’ve also never had to do this with children in tow.
My stepmum isn’t bed-ridden (for instance, when my sister and her family went to visit last week, she came out to the quay and sat on a bench whilst they fed the ducks), but she’s quite weak and has lost a lot of weight. It’ll be lovely to see her but at the same time, saying goodbye is going to be awful. Any tips on how to keep it together / what to say / how you went about it would be helpful.