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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Died died yesterday afternoon, just a couple of hours after I posted yesterday. He simply stopped breathing while our son Tobias stood by the bed, stroking his Camper's head.

Not two hours before, he had still clearly recognizes his special hospice aide. (He had been on hospice from last December until July, and he was discharged because he had improved so much). He'd always said that no one got him as clean as April did, and I'm sure she appreciated that he remembered her.

About half an hour before, our special Christmas (the Boston pup he'd given to Paul for Christmas 2011) kept standing on his hind legs at the bedside to lick Dad's right hand. When I put him up on the bed, he'd simply lain quietly at Dad's hip - not what one would expect from the dog still often called by his nickname "Wiggle-Bottom"! And Eve had spent the last hour or so jumping up by his left foot and then walking up to sniff his left hand ever-so-gently. Our MandyCat, who NEVER sticks around when someone other than Dad, Paul, Scout (T's wife) was in the house? Well, she spent all afternoon on the back of a chair near Dad's bed, watching everything that went on. Yes, April got to meet and pat her for the first time ever! Clearly, they were all keeping track of what was happening!

I'd thought ever since early morning that we were looking at sometime overnight. So it was just a bit earlier than I was expecting. But Tobias is the one who will take Dad's death harder than anyone else in the family, so I'm grateful that it was as it was. T is well aware of how peaceful his death was, not having to trust what someone else tells him. And over time, that will help to ease his grief, I know.

So another WWII vet is gone, as well as a wonderful Dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. We will mourn his death for a season, but we will celebrate his life for a lifetime.
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    I am so sorry for your loss - I know how hard it is to lose a Dad - may you remember all the good moments. It's crazy how the animals know things... my Dog Buster Brown came running into the bedroom I was sleeping in next to my Dad's hospice room at 6 am... barking.... and when I went into see Dad he was still warm, Buster knew he had passed and was letting me know.

    May Gods peace & benevolence with you.

    BTW - my Dad had a Truckline in Fulton for many years... Niedergerke Truckline. Not sure if you have heard of it.
    1886 days ago
    Yes, I am in Fulton. Dad died here, at the house Paul and I shared with him until he went into the assisted living facility in May. Thanks to all of you for your caring and support. I'll be in touch individually as I come back to regular Sparking.

    1886 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother October 2012 from a motorcyle wreck he had in September. He had head trauma and ended up having a lot of other issues with pneumonia, septic shock and kidney failure. It was a tough Thanksgiving and Christmas without him but God is what helped my family get through it. I will keep you in my prayers and ask that God to be with you and your family during this time. I am sure it is comforting to know he did go peacefully. God Bless You!
    1886 days ago
    Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. It's never easy. You have every hug and good thought you need. Or if you just need a cuppa, let me know (if you are currently in mid-MO)... or anything else!

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    1886 days ago
  • PHAMS85
    1887 days ago
    He is at peace now. emoticon
    1887 days ago

    Melinda (gopintos)
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    1887 days ago
    My sympathy to you and your family. May God give you comfort, and may you find joy in many happy memories. . .
    1887 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Blessings to you and your family. It sounds like you were blessed with a wonderful father who loved you and gave you a great example.
    1887 days ago
    Prayers are with you and your family at this time. celebration of a life is good and remembering all the things about your dad will bring lots of joy and lots of tears. God's blessing to you now and always.
    1887 days ago
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