Sunday, October 26, 2008

Your condolences mean so much

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.


Melissa said...

A "celebration of life" is so much nicer than a funeral (IMO). What a great way for his loved ones and friends to reflect on happy memories of him. It's true, that is what he (and any other person who has passed) would want. (((HUGS)))

Tracey said...

Thanks for sharing your album (and your dad)with us. What a fine tribute. Everytime you I read something about your dad over the passed several months I always thought about me own dad and how fortunate and blessed I am to still have him (and my mom) here with me. I am almost 50 years old and still find so much comfort in being near my parents (who are not only still alive but are still together - not many people my age can say that). Thanks again.

Marji said...

Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear of this. Although it's been expected, it's still a loss and I believe one you'll feel deeply.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. {{hugs}}

Cennetta said...

God bless you and your family during this time. It was wonderful that you and your brother spent time with your dad. I had a similar experience at the passing of my dad. I spent the entire with him.
Peace and hugs,