07/29/2013 11:08 am ET Updated Jul 29, 2013

NPR's Scott Simon Live Tweeting His Mother's Final Days


NPR host Scott Simon has been live tweeting from the hospital bedside of his mother Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gilband, chronicling their final moments together for his 1.2 million followers on Twitter.

Simon, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, has been with his mother in Chicago for the past week. His sad and heartwarming tweets about the death of a parent have drawn the attention of the Twitterverse. He tweeted Monday morning:

His tweets have been silly: illuminating:

and heartbreaking:

Simon tweeted early Monday morning:

and moving:

(h/t BuzzFeed)