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Again, thank you to everyone for your prayers and concern as I went through the passing of my Dad. Click here for obituary. My family was blessed with the outpouring of friends, family, community and the Catholic community. My Dad was a man who was good to all he met so it was no surprise the outpouring but deeply appreciated.
Dec 6: My Dad passed away around 2:00 a.m. this morning (Dec 6). Thank you everyone for your prayers and concern.
Just to let everyone know what I'm going through right now and why I might not be as accessible ... my Dad is dying. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. It sits dormant in your body sometimes for decades and when it presents it is already in its advanced stage. My Dad is 93 but it was just a few months ago that he was living a more active social life than me. He exercised faithfully and was very involved in his parish life, pretty active guy. So this was a shock. He is ready to die but I'm selfish and don't want to let go. He went out to Arizona to visit my brother and sister and spend Thanksgiving out there and this was with his doctor's blessing. He quickly went down hill and was hospitalized. We had to get a corporate jet to fly him home because the commercial airlines in all likelihood would not accept him and it would have been very hard on him. My uncle and my cousin, who is a doctor, flew out to get him and my brother also came back on the flight. Dad went straight into a hospice and that is where it stands now. Death is coming, we can't stop it and he is ready to die.
My time on here and Facebook for awhile may be limited. If I'm just giving short comments it's probably because I'm at the hospice using my phone and I'm not good at typing on my phone but I do check here and Facebook and my messages when I'm at the hospice so if anyone needs anything don't be afraid to bother me, you won't be at all. I might not respond immediately but I eventually will.
Not the way I wanted to spend my holidays but it is very peaceful at the hospice and I see God's hand in all the people that have reached out to help my family.
My Dad just died on the 14th of April 2012. It is because of his family that I am today an advocate for the missing and unidentified. Dad was a Sgt in World War II, Company A, 618th Engineers, sent to New Guinea and then to the Phillipines where he ran his D7 bulldozer cutting roads for the front line of troops moving. His Aunt Daisy was said to have disappeared off the Gee's Mill Bridge, Conyers, in 1921, two years before my Dad was born. The truth was never told, but I finally figured out that she had died at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, GA of eclampsia of pregnancy. You see she was never married, and a great injustice was done to her by her own family, as even in death they had disowned her, supplying incorrect names for her death certificate. I found this out while researching our family history, and uncovered their messy little secret. Daisy's baby died as well. The lies were told to my Dad's generation, and passed down to me, but I am the sort who never believes what I am told is all the truth to the story. Needless to say, when I found out Daisy was dead and not missing, I could not have been any angrier than I was at the family. Maybe indignation fits better for the word. But for 45 of my years I had always wondered about her, and my dad had wondered about her all his life. He was shocked when I presented him with the truth. He had never known eitherl But now, Daisy is at rest in her special place, and my Dad is at rest in his special place beside my Mom. Together forever.
MAY GOD COMFORT and STRENGTHEN YOU,i am PRAYING for you.We have lost our parents,i know well about lies handed down generations.I learned MY DAD was'nt my BIO DAD IN very CRUEL way when i turbed 12.I was never able to find myb DAD til it was too late.He is EVAN B CLARK buried in CAMP NELSON,KY .A lady friend in KY (TONI LIETZAU ) whom i helped find her husbands family here in Texas ,helped me by finding and drove to my DADS grave and took pictures.I KNOW WHAT secrets and lies can do.GOD BLESS YOU,I AM SO SORRY for your loss.With you in SPIRIT.
My prayers are with you and your family. I'm saddened to learn that your father is near end of life as we know it. This has to be very difficult for you and I will light a candle and say a prayer for you and your father. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do from a distance, even if something simple like sending you a dinner gift card to help you not have to worry about "trivial" matters. God bless you and please let me know.
Prayers and hugs, Cyn
Thank you Cyndi. Lighting a candle and saying a prayer is a powerful gift and much appreciated. The hospice my Dad is in is taking care of all our needs. It's a beautiful place full of warm family rooms and kitchens. They have homemade soup going every day for the families as well as bagels, donuts, cookies and the coffee is always going. Volunteer groups bring in dinners for the families. They strive to meet the needs of patients and their families. They even have computers, games and books in all family areas and for the young children they get a gift bag full of activities to keep them occupied.
MAUREEN I sent you a message.MY HEART grieves for and with you.YOU are truly cherished lady,please know we are praying and with you the only way we can be IN SPIRIT.LOVE & PRYERS HUGS dede & dale
THANK GOD your DAD knows the LORD personally,HE is fixin to be walking on streets of GLORY with the LORD!
I know he will see my Mother and Dale's MOM and his Dad .WE MISS THEM SO.
Love your messages DeDe!
i love you..............we have been friends online a long time.GOD BLESS YOU I am hugging you in JESUS name with all my SOUL!
I love that saying....thank you! I know my Dad will always be close. The past 24 hours his decline has been rapid .... I think it hit everyone today that the end is close.
Beautiful Christina...thank you!