I have been unable to Spark for a while because I was at my parents' house for a couple of weeks and they have zero internet/cable/cell phone accessibility.
I was helping my mom take care of my dad and unfortunately he passed away last Tuesday. I am still in shock over it. He collapsed at home and when he got to the ER, mom and dad were told that he had cancer in both lungs and the bladder and there was nothing they could do for him. We got Hospice right away and they were so wonderful. We also found out from them that my dad had cancer pretty much all over. He must have been in agony for a long time before we even knew it, but he was one tough customer. He had been losing weight for a while and didn't eat much, but he was still getting up and doing things until about a week before he collapsed. Anyway, the whole process took only a couple of weeks and then he was just gone.
He and my mom were together for over 60 years, so it is going to be a long rough road for her. I do not live as close as I would like to, but this is where my job is. I don't think there is any way I can get her to move closer to me so I can help out more. It's too soon to think about those things anyway, but I can't help it.
I still can't process it and I feel like a zombie. Today is my first day back at work since it happened and I can't seem to concentrate on anything.
Things like this sure give a person a different perspective on things.