Edited again, to thank you all for keeping us in your prayers. It means a great deal to know you are praying for us.....
Edited to answer Dionysios's query - my brother's name is Mark.
Sadly he is not Orthodox, but does have faith in God.
I would be so thankful for your prayers for him.
My brother was very poorly when we visited him tonight.
He veered between being agitated, confused and completely lucid. When he was completely lucid, he whispered to me that he was afraid of dying. I reassured him that we loved him, that God loved him far more than even we could, and that he needed to put his trust in God and to remember that he has many loved family members who have already made the journey through death, and that he would not be alone.
I cuddled him, held his hands and prayed so very hard for a peaceful ending to his life.
The nursing staff were happy to let us stay an extra two hours after visiting ended, so we could comfort him and calm him before we left to come home. The staff assured us that if he becomes distressed or if his condition worsens, they will phone Mum and I immediately and we will go straight back in.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
This is all so hard.