cindy0519 Posted June 27, 2006 Share Posted June 27, 2006 After a very courageous battle...Dad passed from this earth on June 21,2006 at 7:55 a.m with SM, myself, my two sisters and my brother surrounding him. He spent a total of 9 days in the hospice house and we made some really wonderful memories there. The last day Dad was completely unable to speak (and I pray feel anything) -- the last couple hours of his life were peaceful and filled with love! This was one of the hardest things I have ever done but I would not have missed a moment of it. We had a small (his wishes) memorial service for him yesterday and all of my siblings will return home by tommorow afternoon. SM/myself are going to pick his remains up from the mortuary on Thurs and I am returning to OH on Sunday. We will be planning a family gathering for later in the fall (after the threat of fire in Az diminishes) to fulfill the remainder of his wishes. We are also planning to do a eternal reef http://www.eternalreefs.com/ in his memory sometime next year - when we can really "celebrate" his life, rather than morn. He was a great man, and a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. We will forever miss him but know that he will be with us in our hearts forever!!! I am incredibly sad for myself, my family and his many, many friends. But I cannot bring myself to be sad for him... at long last he is free! He is finally no longer be limited or bound by pain! I have the deepest faith that he is surrounded by those we love that have gone before him and that he is now in the loving hands of God. We played the Brad Pasley/Dolly Parton song "When I get Where I'm Going" at his memorial service.. Dad would listen to it and (often shed a tear or two) but would always say that it described he felt it was written just for him.... "Yeah when I get where I'm going There'll be only happy tears I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years And I'll leave my heart wide open I will love and have no fear Yeah when I get where I'm going Don't cry for me down here" He would not want us to cry sad tears - so we are holding tight to the many, many wonderful memories and trying our best to recall his raised eyebrow, half smirk smile that we all knew so well and loved so deeply!! We will love you FOREVER Daddy -- you will ALWAYS be a part of us! Many, many THANKS to all of you "angels who helped lift me up during our journey" -- without this board our journey would have been much harder! God Bless you all!! Cindy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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