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The elephant in the room – 15th April 2012

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The last few days have been satisfactory. The breathing problems come and go but the pain management remains under control. My basic test of functionality – playing and singing with my guitar – has been a bit variable with the voice being not quite strong enough. But hell! I am still here!

My time in Benalla hospital did have some positive benefits. It gave me the opportunity to look for the most comfortable way to end my journey.  At this time, I have settled on the use of a morphine/sedative pump to see me out.  I will continue with the oral morphine until such time that they can no longer manage my pain levels.  As the body slows down, they will use the pump to infuse morphine and a sedative direct into the blood stream adjusting the concentration to allow me a dignified and comfortable exit.  I have opted to have this occur at The Benalla Hospital where the nurses have a fine reputation in end of life treatment.  If you know of a better way, please leave a reply.

Finally, everyone recognised the elephant in the room and realised my time is limited.  More important than that, the family came together to arrange my funeral with some input from me.  The service will be held at the Catholic Church in Benalla followed by burial at the Whitefield Cemetery in the King Valley with a wake/get together at the Swinburn Pavillion at the Whitfield Football Ground.

We moved to the King Valley in 1999 to experience the village lifestyle of a small country town.  When new folk move to the area, the locals leave you alone for about six months before inviting you to join one of the local community groups.  I joined the CFA volunteers and Pauline joined the Red Cross.  In 2000, I was hired as the co-ordinator of the King Valley Learning Exchange which opened up all sorts of opportunities to work on council planning groups.  Towards the end, I ran an early “Men in Sheds” program collecting obsolete computers from schools and business, renovating them and giving them away to people who would not otherwise get involved in computers.  This program came second in a statewide Adult Education Innovation Award. Overall, I am happy that I served my community well so have chosen to return there upon my death.


Written by Greg Naylor

15 April 2012 at 10:44 pm

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  1. Goodmorning Greg
    We all are just passing through this life to be forever in Eternity. I trust you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour….He give all guidance and peace.
    Holding you in prayer
    Blessings x x


    16 April 2012 at 5:56 am

  2. Thank you for joining with family and friends who are praying for me.

    Greg Naylor

    16 April 2012 at 6:46 pm

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