One of the greatest gifts we can offer family and friends is to help them die well. They may be ready to go, but we do not want to say goodbye. But there comes a time in which we need to give those we love the permission to return to God, from whom they came. Jesus died saying,"Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit." With these words on their lips or in their hearts, they can make the passage as Jesus did.
For those who are going through this now, our prayers are with you.