Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sad Day!


I talked to my mom this morning; she called to let me know that my dad's time was approaching. A little while later she called back to say he had passed. As you may imagine, it's been a sad day for us, but at the same time, it's been something of a relief. I understand from the nurses I talked to this past week that my dad was in some pain which was relieved by morphine, but of course that left him barely conscious much of the time. The last few weeks have been hard on everyone; we had really started our grieving last weekend when we knew his death was inevitable. Both my parents made arrangements some time back for cremation, and neither of them wanted a memorial service, so there's really not much that needs to be done other than informing relatives and taking care of the business end of things. I'll be going to work tomorrow and clearing up what I can, and then I'll probably take the rest of the week off, and spend some of that time with my mom.

My mom seems to be holding up fairly well. My brother and I have both talked to her several times today, although she didn't want us to come up just now. I'll go on Tuesday for the day, and my brother will come up near the end of the week.

In the meantime, between telephone calls, I did some sewing today and finished a small quilt top from a Jo's Little Women's Club pattern--photo above. I'm grateful to have my quilting to give me something to do at times like these. Even our weather here was somber with the sun peeking out only occasionally and a huge downpour around dinner time with thunder and lightening. My dad would probably joke that it was the sound of St. Peter slamming the gates shut when he saw my dad coming, but I'm sure that's not the case. I'll sure miss him and his great sense of humor and his smile!


10 comments:

Jane Weston said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. It's never easy losing a family member no matter what the circumstances may be.

Carole said...

Oh Kim, ((((hugs)))). My thoughts are with you and your family. I know what you mean about quilting! It is also my form of coping! The quilt turned out beautiful! Keep well!

paula, the quilter said...

I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts & prayers.

Darlene said...

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers, as well. Consider yourself {{HUGGED}}

Pat *Enjoying life in Florida" said...

Kim,
I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

Even someone who never knew your dad can see you posess the same sense of humor. "Gates slamming shut"? Sounds like something YOU might (and did) come up with as well. I'm sure you're right. The sound was probably the gates closing behind him.

atet said...

So sorry to hear your news, take care of yourself and your family.

Knot Garden said...

So sorry to hear about your dad.

Greenmare said...

Oh Kim, you are on my prayer list, along with your family.
Your braid quilt is so beautiful and so is your Little Women quilt. It's good that you have this wonderful creative outlet right now (and always)
warm hugs ~ and good thoughts~

Connie said...

Take care of yourself as you look after your mother. You have had courage as you faced this. Will be thinking of you. Hugs.

Michele said...

I'm really sorry about your dad Kim. I'll be thinking of you and your family. I hope your mom's ok.