Editor’s note: On April 18, Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman won the Pulitzer Prize for “cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures,” according to the Pulitzer website. Last fall, Next Avenue featured a series he created called, “The Care Package,” for PBSNewsHour.org, about his father’s decline and death. (It was not part of the work for which he won the Pulitzer.)
See the fifth and final installment of the series below.
For years, Ohman imagined the moments leading up to his father’s death a thousand times, but when he died, the tedium, alarm and pain were nothing like Ohman had envisioned.
The final three weeks revealed how broken and tired his father’s body was. Surgeons removed part of his father’s colon, and then his kidneys stopped working. Doctors sat Ohman down for an end-of-life discussion.
“This goes on thousands of times a day in the United States, and you never think you’re going to be involved in something like that,” he said.
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