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Friday, January 25, 2013

Goodbye Dad......

Dad passed last Monday evening at about 6:55 p.m.  His passing was very peaceful and he was surrounded by people that loved him.  In the ten days that he was at home, he was talkative, alert and got in a lot of visiting with friends and family and I hope was able to put his personal affairs all in order. Dad never lost even one brain cell as he aged and even at the end he was very alert and knew exactly what was going on.  Although he did lose his ability to speak the last 24 hours or so and even though the medications made him weak the last couple of days, he could squeeze our hands in response and I know he heard us right up until the end. 

I am thankful for the approximate two weeks we had with him.   I am also thankful that he did not appear to be in any pain, at least he denied being in any pain.  He did become restless and found it hard to stay in bed but his doctor provided us with medications designed to relieve him.  If I had to lose my Dad, this was the best way I can think of for it to happen.

We are now busily planning his funeral which will be next Tuesday, January 29, 2013. There is so much more that I could say about him, but I will leave it for another time.  Thank you all for your prayers and for keeping us in your thoughts.  What a thoughtful, loving and supportive community of people we have.  Love you all!




20 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

Oh my Jean, I've been thinking so much about you over the last few weeks. I'm so sorry to hear your dad has gone. It sounds like he and your family made it the best it could possibly be. Take care of yourself my friend!

Linda Y said...

So sorry for your loss Jean. I'm glad you had the time with him at the end. Take care.

A Half-Baked Notion said...

My condolences to you and your family, Jean. I am sad that you will be separated from him... but I rejoice that his passing was so lovingly shared with all his dearest family members.

13 said...

Deepest sympathies for you and your family. Although it is painful and raw, it is a blessing your father died at home surround by family and moved onto his next journey with deepest love.

AliMc said...

My sympathies to you and yours. May your happy memories see you through these tough times.

Shirley Moore said...

There is never an easy way to lose someone, but knowing that they were not in pain, and that you got to spend time with him, is a good thing. I lost my dad 3 years ago, and I still miss him bunches. My prayers are with you and your family during this time dear.

Julie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your words brought tears my eyes. How fortunate your father was to have been with his loved ones at this time. My prayers are with you and your family.

potterygirl1 said...

So sorry for your loss, my dear friend, My prayers are with you and your family♥

Sharon Driscoll said...

So sorry for your loss Jean but rejoicing that he had time to be with family and friends in such an astonishing way. The kids I used to work with would ask me if their pain would ever go away. The answer to that quetion is no. But, the times between feeling that twinge of immense loss grow larger as time passes. It's true. Stay strong - crying loads is included there too. ((((Hugs)))) for you Jean. All of us who have been there too are feeling your loss with this post.

Sherri Stokey said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, Jean. Please know you are in my thoughts.

Regina said...

So sorry for your loss.

Spirited Earth said...

so very sorry for your loss Jean.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Anonymous said...

Oh Jean, I am so sorry for your loss, but I am glad you had the time with him that you did. And I am glad he was home with his loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.
vickie

Mary Hicks said...

You have my deepest sympathies and blessings on you and yours.

Lori Anderson said...

I am so very sorry.

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

I feel so bad for you and I'm so glad you got to spend some good time with your dad. You made some nice memories. Hugs and prayers to you!

Kepi said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but I know he will be in your heart forever.

Carolyn said...

Jean,

So sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my prayers.

Carolyn
Carolynscreations@live.com

Marti C. said...

Thinking and praying for you and your family!

Sharyl said...

I'm so sorry to be so late in responding to your posts. I've been out sick and just taking a moment to catch up. Very sorry to hear about the death of your father, Jean, as well as your mom's stroke. Continuing to think of you and family... Sharyl