Thanks so much for all of your prayers, well-wishes, thoughts, and encouragement. It means so much to you. Even though I have never met many of you, there is something about the online sewers community that is like family and sisterhood. Even though we've been expecting the passing of my father for some time, it doesn't remove the sense of loss or grief, although it does make it more bearable. I think that we've been grieving for so long because of the Alzheimers, that we are at the point where we are glad to see his suffering finally at an end. He was a real fighter, and though he lost much weight and mobility at the end, he never gave up the fight against cancer. The timing was perfect since I was able to spend the entire day before his death with him and my brother Tony was with him the whole morning of his passing. Of course, we did not know it would be his last day, but Tony played guitar for him that morning which he always loved. My other brother, Paul, from Tennessee was able to speak to him the night before on the phone. So, God made sure that the three of us were with him all the way up to the very end, and we are all thankful for that.
I have updated my photo album of Dad with some interesting information, so take a look if you like.
We are all doing fine, though a little exhausted. My brother will be flying in from Tennessee on Veteran's day weekend and spending the week with us. My dad did not want a funeral, so we will be having an open house/celebration of his life on that Monday. I think it will be just what he would like.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 1:21 PM