Ann Lyon catches a moment of rest with her father, George Bodine, at St. Camillus Rehabilitation Center in Geddes, N.Y. Ann and her brother Roger Bodine stayed the night with their father and spent most of the next day in the hospital.
A hospital room in Crouse Hospital is adorned with paintings for each season. George's health rapidly deteriorated from July 2018 until his death on October 23, 2018.
The night before her father's death, Ann holds her father's hand while he writhes in pain, asking for relief from a problem neither she nor her brother Roger could understand.
George spent most of the last four months between hospitals and rehabilitation centers, being treated for congestive heart failure and infections acquired over his various stays in medical facilities.
George and Mary Bodine met while they were serving in the United States Navy. They married after six months, spending almost 65 years together and raising three children together. They even shared a birthday, November 19, 1930, which Mary celebrated alone for the first time since they were married.
Mary Bodine watches television in her living room. George would sit on the other side of the room and watch with her every evening.
Mary leans over her husband and attempts to soothe him in a moment of pain. "It's okay, George," she said, "you have my permission to die." He would pass away the following afternoon.
Ann and her brother Roger stayed the night with their father towards the end to ensure someone would be there if anything happened. Roger is a hospice nurse in Philadelphia, Pa., and he was immensely helpful in consulting with the staff of the hospital to help his father be as comfortable as possible.
Ann holds her father’s hand at St. Camillus Rehabilitation Center. George spent the last few days of his life with friends and family comforting him before he passed away the next day.
George would sit in the living room with his wife Mary every night while the two watched television or old films.
Mary gathered the family together for a meeting, worried about the legal and financial processes. Ann tries to console her as the rest of the family tells her not to stress about it for the time being and to give her some time to adjust to her husband's death.
"We were all with him at the end, like we wanted to be," Ann said, "and he didn't pass alone. That he was surrounded by people that loved him."
Ann recalls one of her fondest memories of her father as "seeing his face around his grandchildren." Roger's daughter Genevieve plays with her uncle Peter, George and Mary's oldest son, the night of his death.
George's old study, a place where he spent much of his time reading copies of the New Yorker and watching horse-racing. The shelves hold pictures of his family members, his degrees from Union College and Syracuse University, and his medals from his time running marathons. The room is where his ashes currently reside, before they are interned in mid-December.