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I found my dad dead in his backyard on Wednesday evening. It looks like he fell from a ladder. The coroner said that he died of a blunt head injury. Neighbours heard him coughing for a while on Monday and he didn’t check his phone or take the bin in from Monday morning so I suspect he injured himself then. I don’t know how long lay there suffering alone. I found him 2.5 days later with ants all over him and starting to decompose. I am really struggling to deal with how much he suffered by himself. I am his only contact and support. He was 81 years old so I was ready for an expected death with me by his side. But the suffering by himself is hurting me so much. Any suggestions on how to deal with this? Is this a common scenario of not knowing how much someone suffered before the died alone?
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