Thanks to the miracles of technology, I was part of the death bed vigil in California.
Text messages, Facebook IM's from the bedside. Dear friends served by proxy - held his hand and told him I loved him. I could just hug their necks for that; it meant more than I can say.
My eyes are practically swollen shut from crying. (I do not look good when I cry. Some people do. That damn cheap Irish/Scandinavian complexion. Just turns red.)
Anyway, no more suffering, no more pain.
Safe journey Mountain Man. We'll light up a few cigars in your honor.
"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now... only much, much better." -- Laurie Anderson