Radio Host Live Tweets His Mother’s Last Hours In Heartbreaking Tribute

NPR’s Scott Simon told the beautiful story of the final moments he spent with his mother.

1. Scott Simon, a radio host for NPR, spent much of the last week tweeting about his ailing mother’s time in a hospital. He gained attention and support for his heartfelt tweets thanking nurses and as his mother’s health worsened.

I am getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

My mother knows the name & story of every nurse & doctor in the ICU. She keeps no one a stranger.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

My mother & I just sang Que Sera Sera 3 times. God bless you Doris Day for giving us such a great theme song.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Tried to buy coffee for family w/ a mother in ICU too. Barista overheard, refused my card. "Your money's no good here."

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I consider this a good sign: mother sez when time comes, obit headline should be Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

My mother drifts to sleep listening to Nat's Unforgettable. I keep things light, but moments like this hard, if sweet.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Thanks for all good wishes. Mother says, "We can get through this, baby. The hardest part we'll be for you when it's over"

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Nights are the hardest. But that's why I'm here. I wish I could lift my mother's pain & fears from her bones into mine.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

No real sleep tonight. But songs poems memories laughs. My mother: "Thank you God for giving us this night & each other"

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Mother: what time is it? Me: 6:30. Her: oh let's raise the curtains on the city we love.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Thanks for all kind messages. We're watching 42 (movie), cherishing every second of normalcy. Cherish yr mother tonight too.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I don't know how we'll get through these next few days. And, I don't want them to end.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Mother asks, "Will this go on forever?" She means pain, dread. "No." She says, "But we'll go on forever. You & me." Yes.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

If we only truly realized how little time we have..,

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

By request, my ICU bed. Hermes orange, my mother notes. Note functional nightstand, too:

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

City is cool, bright, & lovely this morning. My mother touches a splash of sunlight w/ her fingers. "Hello, Chicago!"

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I am not sure my mother understands Twitter or why I tell her millions of people love her--but she says she's ver touched.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I think she wants me to pass along a couple of pieces of advice, ASAP. One: reach out to someone who seems lonely today.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

And: listen to people in their 80's. They have looked across the street at death for a decade. They know what's vital.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Oh, and: Oh earth, you're too wonderful for anyone to realize you. It goes too quickly.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Journos who say they're hard-boiled cause they see so much should know ICU nurses see more in a week. And come out kind.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

My mother now wakes only to be gracious. "Is Reggie or Don on-duty? They're both such exquisite gentlemen." (and they are)

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I love holding my mother's hand. Haven't held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Thought that my mother won't get another glimpse of the city she loves is unbearable. My wife, from France, points out--

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

"She is seeing Chicago in the faces of the loving, tough, & kind souls working so hard for her in the ICU." She's right.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Mother cries Help Me at 2;30. Been holding her like a baby since. She's asleep now. All I can do is hold on to her.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Can't hold my mother like a baby indefinitely--have to use the bathroom. My wife coming over w/ my mother's husband.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

When she asked for my help last night, we locked eyes. She calmed down. A look of love that surpasses understanding.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

The loveli cityscape at the foot of my mother's bed:

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

I know end might be near as this is only day of my adulthood I've seen my mother and she hasn't asked, "Why that shirt?"

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Heart rate dropping. Heart dropping.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

She will make the face of heaven shine so fine that all the world will be in love with night.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

Thank you for all yr warm wishes and prayers. Such love drives the world.

— nprscottsimon (@Scott Simon)

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