While I was in New Zealand a close family member died. I found the experience very uplifting. Yes, also sad for her immediate family, saying goodbye is never easy. However, she was a very clever wise woman. Originally starting her nursing career at a young age she was unable to finish as it was forbidden in those days to marry and continue nursing.
You might ask how was this experience uplifting. Uplifting because that was her intention. She had said no to further medical intervention and was resolute in her decision. She had written instructions for her family members as to what she wanted to happen when she died.
For most of her adult years she had a strong link to the church and the practices, caring for others was her lifetime achievement. She was not afraid to discuss what she wanted at the end of her life. And she stayed strong until the end. I wish her family well and may her courage and contentment stay with them always.