pattrose: (1. mom and dad)
I talked to my mom and she was weepy and down, so of course in turn that made me feel the same way. She said that on Wednesday of the week dad died, he was taking her out to breakfast and then on Sunday he was gone. She told me she not only misses him but also misses just she and him driving places. I'm going to be going down on JUly 18th and staying until August 11th. My brother Dan who takes care of mom, more or less has a convention and conference in Vegas for ten days for the church he works at. He wasn't going to go, but I talked him into it. He said he would as long as I was there to take care of mom. Her dementia is getting worse, so that's a worry, also. I'll take her to some movies or something while I'm there. We can get out and just do anything. I miss my dad, too. I dread going, believe it or not. It's going to be so strange not having him there. I hate changes.
pattrose: (dad)
yesterday was the final goodbye to my dad. The service was wonderful. He had taps played by the Honor Guards and then they folded a flag up for mom. (It was D-Day) Very moving. My brother Dan picked out beautiful choices of songs to be played during the service and the choir was excellent. Then the service ended with a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace as she led the family out of the church. It was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. As a final goodbye, I will post one last picture saying exactly how I feel right this moment. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Hugs, Pattboo-i-miss-you-edit
pattrose: (dad)
this has been a very trying time, but you have all made it tolerable. So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Hugs, Patt
pattrose: (1. mom and dad)
Well this has been the longest two days of my life but all eight of us kids are here surrounding poor dad while he waits to go on the last trip of his life. The angels will be so happy with this man. THey will be gaining a howling sense of humor, a big heart filled with love for not only family but friends. They will be rejoicing and playing trumpets to announce his arrival. I have a very religious brother and he's made this transition so easy. It's going to be sad when he leaves, but we're more prepared because of Dan. He's a wonderful man that deals with death weekly and has a different outlook on it. He tells me his heart is filled with joy and happiness at the idea of dad having a new place to take his stories that we all know and love. What a nice way to look at things. So, my friends, I am not doing too badly. I was a mess but we're doing pretty good and await the grief to hit. But we will have a celebration to go over his life. We hope he doesn';t have to suffer long. He's not responsive, so we just talk to him and tell him what he has meant to us and what our life will be like without him in it. Sadness and joy. That sums it up pretty much. I hope you are all well.

Hugs, Patt

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