Day 43: Final Post

Hi, my beautiful husband Pete died this morning at 12:20 AM. He died peacefully and I was privileged enough to be sitting on his bed holding his hand at that time. Pete’s decision to opt for Palliative care brought him to a place of calmness and serenity and for all of us, safety and security. It allowed Pete to relax, stop fighting and go calmly to his happy place. Thank you all so much for your constant love and support, it has meant the world to us.

As a family we will continue to strive to achieve Pete’s dream of seeing Senator Richard Di Natale’s Dying With Dignity Bill become Law.

Elizabeth and Mitchell x

156 thoughts on “Day 43: Final Post

  1. Dear Elizabeth and Mitch
    Jan and I have been following Peters progress throughout and have in a small way shared the journey with you. Our hearts and love go out to you.
    Peter sounds like an extraordinary man with an extraordinary family in you both.
    Lots of love
    Jan and Robyn

  2. Elizabeth and Mitch, sincere condolences on your very sad loss. Clearly Peter was a very special person, just from getting to know him through his incredible drive and energy in his last year. I can only hope that this process has helped to make your acceptance of an enormous gap in your lives a little easier to bear. And that his efforts will not have been wasted.
    All the very best.

  3. Elizabeth and Mitch

    I am so terribly sad for both of you. Shorty was a ripper bloke – inspirational, warm, funny, driven and all those other great things. But best of all he was a loyal friend. It was a great privilege for me to be able to have dinner with you guys not so long ago – an evening that will live with me forever. Lots of love – Tim, Susie, Ellie & James Boyce

  4. Condolences on the passing of Peter. It was a pleasure working with Pete many years ago at Shell he always had a smile and words of advice for us young ones. Deepest sympathies. Regards Damian

  5. Elizabeth and Mitch condolences to you and you extended family. Peter’s achievement in raising awareness and discussion on a very sensitive but important topic is a wonderful legacy to his memory

  6. Farewell Peter- my wishes are with Peter’s family at this sad time. Peter’s family looked after me whilst my parents were overseas- Greg ( Peter’s brother ) and I no doubt caused plenty of mayhem during the early 70’s with Alan and Joan. I have followed Peter’s fight and have nothing but admiration for his courage and positive attitude. vale Peter.

  7. RIP Peter Short, and sincere condolences Elizabeth and Mitchell. It was only about a year ago that I was sitting opposite Peter, vigorously but respectfully debating some commercial matters as representatives of our respective employers. I knew Peter to be exceptional then, but what he has done since then has been nothing less than inspirational and, I hope, a significant catalyst for change in the near future that will have a positive effect on many many people. Never forgotten.

    Chris Ryan

  8. Sad to here to news of Peter’s passing, whilst I only had a little to do with Peter whist at She’ll, he was a great guy & was taken too early, condolences to his family & friends

  9. Many of us did our best to further the petition and advance the cause of DWDV and related matters. I hope Peter’s death was peaceful in the end and hope that you, his family and friends, will live to see Peter’s efforts ultimately rewarded.
    All best wishes and sincere condolences from Mannie De Saxe

  10. Deep condolences to you both, and your extended family on the loss of Peter. While I am not a religious person – I truly feel that those we love stay with us, and I know that he will be right there next to Mitchel on his first day at work..and he’ll be proud as punch :D. All the best to you during this difficult time. X

  11. To Elizabeth and Mitchell
    My thoughts are with you with the passing of Peter.
    I worked with Peter many years ago in Shell. Always remember what a go getter he was then.
    Have followed his corporate and personal journey. He achieved much in many ways and has been an inspiration.

  12. Elizabeth & Mitch my sincerest condolences at Peter’s passing. Having worked with Peter both in Sydney and Melbourne at Shell and then as a provider to him at Coles I have followed Peter’s personal journey also. His courage in this has been inspirational and altered my own views. I’m so glad he died peacefully and with the dignity he deserved.
    Kindest Regards Chris

  13. Dear Elizabeth and Mitch,
    The memory of Peter as an inspirational leader and a charming person will be cherished with me. I hope you find solace in the love and time you shared with him.

  14. Dear Elizabeth and Mitch,
    Although I did not know Peter personally, his journey has been inspirational to myself and many others.
    I have followed Peters blog, as I am a widow who lost her husband to the scourge that is cancer and I remember all too well the lack of choice my husband had over his choice of finality in this world due to uneducated meddling and political blocks.

    I am so sorry for your loss of your very brave husband and father, a man who has broken through more barriers in his endeavor for others to have a choice and chance at living (what is left) their lives on their terms.
    Thank you both for being the “rocks” that Peter could rely on so as he could fulfill his dream.

    May Peter rest now in sweet blissful peace, he has done his job now it’s up to the rest of us to see it carry through.

    with my love and much respect

  15. Elizabeth and Mitchell – I am so sorry I have not contacted you earlier – I have just learnt of Peter’s passing. So very glad it was the good death he so wanted for everyone. All of us in the Federal Parliament who had the opportunity to hear and work with Peter were profoundly impressed by his courage and his preparedness to fight for others until the very end. I pledge I remain committed to doing all we can to ensure we all have the right to die with dignity. Vale Peter Short.

    Thinking of you at this sad time.

    Alannah MacTiernan,
    Federal Member for Perth

    • Thank you so much Alannah. Mitchell and I really appreciate your continued commitment to the cause and fingers crossed change to the laws will be his legacy.
      Kind regards

  16. Dear Elizabeth and family
    Very sad for loss, but I am sure that Peters actions to end will create the changes he demanded.

    My name is Gary Waite and I am sitting here in my car, in Northern Italy. The reasons are because of Peter, and doing the Bucket List!
    We shared a few things mutual friends from our Shell days and of course out the same Cancer, the same hospital, doctors etc.
    plus the love of bikes, I was in the photo with the Cabrini Jersey on.
    In our last conversation I was instructed by Peter to fix that damned statistic.
    So here I am 10yrs to the week of my first dose of chemo, trying to ride the hills of Permontie everyday with the help of lost friends.
    All the best
    Gary Waite

    • What a wonderful, wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing your journey – Peter would be thrilled!
      Mitch and I are doing well, it is an incredibly hard time but we know how Peter wanted us to live and we are doing our very best to honour that.
      Enjoy your trip, ride those hills and when the going gets tough Pete will give you a push.
      Stay well
      Fond regards,
      Elizabeth Short.

  17. For those of us following the journey online, Peter was a powerhouse of determination and energy. He made the last years of his life really matter and that’s an inspiration to me personally. His passing is just so sad and my thoughts are with you and Mitchell. I know that Peter’s campaign will continue and truly believe that parliament will eventually give all Australians the choice of dying with dignity. With heartfelt condolences and much love to you both – Vicki Passmore

  18. Liz & Mitch,
    It’s been 18 years since I worked with Shorty in Shell. He kicked me up the bum, we had fun, he taught me attention to detail & commercial acumen. He also gave me a hand with career advice years later. I will always remember his laugh and smile the most. I’m lucky to have known and worked with him and counted him as a friend. My condolences, Rob Hart

  19. My deep condolences to you and your family. I am sure that Pete is on a better place now and resting with the Lord. I know that it isn’t easy to move on because I could relate about what happened. I grew up with my grandma and she died of thyroid cancer 5 years ago. Still, I sometimes shed a tear whenever I think of her. We will all move on in God’s time. I wish you luck and you guys take care. Cheers!

  20. Was just wondering how Pete was getting on and decided to check the blog. Sad to hear about this, but I’m glad that he was able to have a peaceful dignified end that he fought so hard for. It was a pleasure to have had the chance to meet him in time, and I hope the documentary manages to achieve what he set out to do.

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