INTROSPECTION, The Board Game’s Question of the Week for May 13, 2012: Did your father die peacefully?

This week’s question from INTROSPECTION, The Board Game comes from the “Family” section of questions.  My answer to this question, if I were asked while playing the game, would be,”Yes.”  If you guessed corectly, move your game piece forward by the role of the dice. My father, Wilton Herbert Hasty Sr, died at the age of 71. According to the medical examiner’s report, he was found deceased on his bed at 12:58 pm, on April 24th, 1995 from “arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.” I was 44 years old at the time. My sister-in-law called me at work and informed me of his passing. I immediately went to his home in Oak Cliff (Dallas). When I arrived, my sister and the police were already there. I walked into his bedroom and saw him laying on his bed, fully clothed, as if he had just gone for his daily walk or had just returned from it. I remember that it was a surreal witnessing, no life remaining in a shell that still remained. It is hard to imagine non- life in your father…to see him so still. I do not know if a massive heart attack is painful or if it is so sudden that pain fleets. His death was probably pretty quick and I hope peaceful or at least, I want to believe it to be so.