This is so powerful, George J. Ziogas—thank you for sharing this with us.
Being with those that we love when they are suffering is one of the hardest things our soul can experience. I wish your mother, sister, and all of your family great peace and love.
Quick aside — when I read the above passage it reminded me of why I rescue animals. Even though it can be gut-wrenching to help them heal, as long as there is one animal out there being mistreated or in pain — I will never stop.