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It goes on [Oct. 23rd, 2007|10:22 pm]
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone for your love and support. I haven't gotten around to individual replies to your comments, but I will.

My father passed away early Friday morning. I haven't posted about it yet because writing the words makes it real.

I wasn't with him when he died. My sister was there, and she said he went very peacefully, in his sleep. I am grateful for that. When he was in the hospital, having such trouble breathing, I hated the thought that he would die gasping. 

There is much to be grateful for. That his illness was relatively brief. That he didn't have much pain. That he wasn't afraid to die. I'm grateful for the hospice and the people who worked there, who treated him with such dignity and respect. For the outpouring of support from every quarter. For the 83 years he had, and the 47 I got to share. 

And, I'm grateful that life goes on. Those of us left behind  go on. I still have to get up, get dressed, clean the house, throw away the leftovers in the fridge, put gas in my car. I still get to hug my children, laugh with friends, share stories with my family, kiss my husband. Life goes on, and it is good.

[User Picture]From: shabbyesque
2007-10-24 05:22 am (UTC)

I'm so sorry.
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[User Picture]From: millimom
2007-10-24 06:00 am (UTC)
Beautiful post, my friend. And so true.

And it's so good to hear your voice.

Love you.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-24 11:35 am (UTC)
Jo, I'm sorry about your dad. It sounds like he had a peaceful passing. It's hard to say goodbye, though.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2007-10-24 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh Jo, I'm so sorry. I agree about writing about it makes it real, and for that period of time before you finally do, you just want it to not be real. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers and peace and comforting.
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From: misty_bay
2007-10-24 12:34 pm (UTC)

I love that you are looking at

all you have to be grateful for.

And from the stories you told of your dad, I would want him to go with dignity and respect. It's how he lived.


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[User Picture]From: thecranewife
2007-10-24 12:36 pm (UTC)

this made me cry.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-10-24 01:12 pm (UTC)
{{{hugs}}} I'm so sorry, Jo. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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[User Picture]From: sitara
2007-10-24 03:46 pm (UTC)
I did not know you were going through this. My condolences to you and your family. <>
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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2007-10-24 04:43 pm (UTC)
There's always a silver lining. Hugs.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-24 07:21 pm (UTC)

So Sorry

I am so so so sorry about your father. My thoughts are with you and your family. If there is anything at all I can do please let me know.

I never know what to say in these situations. I've been sitting here, staring at this comment box for 45 minutes and I STILL don't know what.

I agree with misty bay about the stories. That one about the armadillo was truly classic.

thinking of you
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2007-10-24 09:43 pm (UTC)

You are so strong, what a testament to your character and how you were raised.

You honor your parents.

I'm so sorry. I don't know what else to say.

*more cheesy internet hugs*
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From: blissonbliss
2007-10-25 01:55 am (UTC)
83 years is a lot of good living. I'm grateful to your dad for giving us YOU. Peace, hugs and comfort. All in good time.
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From: mssherri
2007-10-26 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: chicken_cem
2007-10-27 05:30 am (UTC)
I am so sorry. Losing a parent is extremely difficult (I know).
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