What a lovely and heartfelt piece. Thank you for sharing it. My sister also chose to withdraw as she was passing. For her, it was because she hated that people treated her like a sick person. She hated that people treated her differently or took pity on her. I can only relate what she told me. Like Ann said in the comment below mine, everyone approaches their transition their own way. I suppose it’s our most private and intimate moment. I feel your heartache though.