As kids, we may have morbidly talked about how we thought we would go — but as time passes, the simple childish chatter that once filled our days becomes a closer, more chilling reality. The fact is we will all die at some point. All we can do is pray that the dark angel will give us enough time to live and excuse us from this life in some sort of gentle manner.
The first three seasons were all about the humor surrounding the crazy life adjustments Cathy makes in coping with her cancer fight. But it was more than the comedy that made us love this show. This balance demonstrated a beauty rarely seen in television. Or watching Cathy try to get her wedding dress back after she had tried to sell it at a consignment shop, only to see a bride trying on the dress and reminding her of the day she married Paul Oliver Platt.
Last season, we were given hope as Cathy seemed to be on the path to recovery. But then, a cold reality swept in at the end of the season when she got news that her tumors had started to grow again. This season, Cathy faced the toughest of all decisions: It was easy to connect with Paul as he lived in denial, only to be rudely awakened by a radio interview to the fact that his wife was dying.
If you could have reached through the TV screen and put a blanket on his shoulders as he stayed up all night by her side, you would have. This season was a lot less about humor and much more about truth. There were more tears and more emotional drama than ever before, and then Cathy died. First, when Cathy realized that her end was near, she made the decision to put herself into hospice so as not to intrude on her family. She was instead guided to the light by familiar faces of those in her life who had already passed on including Dr.
She was even able to find closure with her distanced father. Finally, Cathy had one wish before she died. After saying her goodbyes and living to see her one wish get granted, Cathy passed away quietly in her home.
She died knowing that she was loved and had lived life to its fullest. Many of us hope that when we pass, we will find these a serene place filled with familiar places. For Cathy, that place was swimming in a pool with her friend Marlene and her late dog. This ending provided the best closure any finale could provide.