We went rather peacefully. He was having trouble breathing and his girlfriend told him it was OK to go and he didn't have to fight any more. With that, he drew his last breath.
I was on my way in to work at Zero Dark Early this morning and my phone rang. I figured it was my wife, which would have been unusual but not unheard of. When I looked at the caller ID and saw it was my in-laws, I knew immediately.
We talked about arrangements and logistics and such and I drove to work in silence. Music seemed inappropriate and all sounded flat.
My kids asked Mommy why she was crying and she explained that Poppy was with God now. They seemed to think this was good news as it meant that Poppy wasn't sick any more.
My son said, "God came down to get Poppy to take him up to heaven but they're going to fly around for a while to look at some things first."…