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Old 06-04-2013, 09:44 PM  
My Dad
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I lost my Dad on Friday ... I may edit this and say more about him at a later date but for now, I will just leave you with that he was a great man who will be missed by many ...

I love you Dad ...

Roderick ... December 1, 1938 - May 31st 2013

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Old 05-30-2014, 11:23 PM   #51
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A year ago at this date and time, my Dad started to suffocate ... no red blood cells working anymore from the leukemia and he had pneumonia ... just Dad, me and my Uncle in the den with Dad on a recliner, in his library with the oxygen maxed out at 6 litres ... had to send my stepmom upstairs until it was over ...

I could see the panic in his eyes and he was gasping out last minute instructions ... about 8 o'clock, we gave him a glass of cognac and some lorazepam ... he asked for some music so I put on a loop of Loreena McKennitt and Enya ... (Dad's favorites) ...

about two hours later we broke out the "hospice kit" ... he was struggling so we started the morphine ... he was in and out for the next 6 hours but comfortable for the most part ... then he just stopped breathing ... eyes closed ...

Uncle Jimmy and I had a drink and just sat there for about an hour ...

then I went and woke up my stepmom and started making the phone calls ...

This may sound morbid to some of you, but I will cherish that night forever ...
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:48 AM   #52
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A deeply caring,loving and thoughtful,selfless thing .. how could you not.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:50 AM   #53
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A year ago at this date and time, my Dad started to suffocate ... no red blood cells working anymore from the leukemia and he had pneumonia ... just Dad, me and my Uncle in the den with Dad on a recliner, in his library with the oxygen maxed out at 6 litres ... had to send my stepmom upstairs until it was over ...

I could see the panic in his eyes and he was gasping out last minute instructions ... about 8 o'clock, we gave him a glass of cognac and some lorazepam ... he asked for some music so I put on a loop of Loreena McKennitt and Enya ... (Dad's favorites) ...

about two hours later we broke out the "hospice kit" ... he was struggling so we started the morphine ... he was in and out for the next 6 hours but comfortable for the most part ... then he just stopped breathing ... eyes closed ...

Uncle Jimmy and I had a drink and just sat there for about an hour ...

then I went and woke up my stepmom and started making the phone calls ...

This may sound morbid to some of you, but I will cherish that night forever ...
Been at a couple of deathbeds myself. All but my sister's were pretty beautiful actually. I know exactly where you're coming from. Ya never get over it, always miss them, but the hurt eases with time. Those death dates have a way of sticking with you, though.

rip, raise a glass...
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:34 AM   #54
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I can only hope there's someone as caring and dedicated as you with me when my time comes. Tis a noble thing.
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:02 PM   #55
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I cant say I know how you feel or went through the same thing.
All I can say is I lost my mom around the same time. 97 years old. She had a virus in her lungs and was bed ridden in ICU for her last few months also. Some of your thoughts on your dads last night brought back similar memories. And its not morbid. Its knowing the final moments of peace have finally come. Knowing they may RIP, suffering, and pain gone. You feel hopeless because you can do nothing, yet comforted at the same time.
Remember the good times as well as the bad. That's the reason we love and miss them so much. It made us who we are.
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Sorry for your loss friend.
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Saddened to hear of your sudden loss. Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.
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I never know what to say, Eng. I'm sorry for your loss. I know you were close.
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It will get easier, next February will mark a decade since mom left, condolences man.
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