I've been moistening her mouth with water every half hour for the past two days. She had become largely unresponsive, and didn't eat or drink. At 9:30, when I went up to give her some water, she had stopped breathing. I called the Hospice, and gave others who knew Mom the news of her passing. Now they're gone, and I'm alone in a huge house, with a backlog of bills and business paperwork from the distributorship we were partners in. I'm in a strangely calm... more a numb, state, right now. A roaring fire that has always warmed me and lighted my way, has suddenly gone out.