That last smile still lingers in my mind..Today happens to be the fifth death anniversary day of my mother. She left us on 25th July 2013.
She was suffering from old age diseases. She was almost bedridden for about four to five months. She was with my younger brother during the last days.
She could take hard foods, only liquid form foods were given. Medical checkups were frequently done. Doctors advised not to take her to hospital. It was the natural weakness due to old age (91 years). If taken she will be admitted in ICU. That meant the curtailing of sons' freedom.
On the last day all the sons with their family gathered there, since doctor advised the presence of one person with her.
By evening cleaning of her body and changing the dresses were done. After that we all stood in front of her. My brother told her that all her children were in front of her. She just moved her eyes slowly against each of us but without any expression. Then I told her my grand child is there near her. She slowly looked at the child and slightly smiled. Immediate that smiling vanished. Then started breathing with difficulty. This continued till everything stopped. This last smile, seeing my grand daughter, was her last action. This smile of my mother stamped in my mind forever. Today on that date, again the smile comes in front of my eyes. I can never forget it !!