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End of life update for Eldest Cat )

I've had a half-dozen likes since I posted that. I'm crying and covered in snot and my eyes are throbbing (I'm not a good cryer) but I really do feel loved. And like my friends are cheering us on, that we can make it this last little bit together.

And we will.

Edit: Saturday morning:
We did make it. He was so tired this morning that it broke my heart to pick him up. But he made it through with no pain and no fear.
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(Earlier this week, my partner Raven's dad passed away.)

Me: I'm going to the store, do you need anything?

Raven: I need... some sour cream. (very serious look) My dad passed away... and... I think... he would have wanted me to have it.

Me: How long are you going to ask for things that way?

Raven: About six months?

Me: Sounds fair.
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Father out law passed today just before noon, peacefully. His son was there, and his sister (and brother-in-law) and daughter arrived just after.

I don't know what goes on in the last hours of someone's life-- I believe there is something that we do, some internal processing, some spiritual work maybe, that makes us ready for the end. Whether or not we're aware of who's with us at the end, surely they are aware of us, and it may be that something that the dying do is helpful to the rest of us as we go on.

I don't know, and hope not to find out for a few years yet.
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final news for kitten )

Hug 'em if you got 'em, folks.
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This amused me enough to share with those of you not on Ravelry. Someone posted about her little boy's questions about their dog that had died, and she wanted to know how the rest of us felt about the very important question: Do animals go to heaven?

my answer to whether animals go to heaven. it's religious, of course. )
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My only remaining grandparent (or, as he frequently put it, my YOUNGEST grandfather) Popa Ted passed away today.

It was very sudden, and unexpected (at least by all of us who remain) and swift; he was found at the kitchen table of his little home, which my parents had built next door to theirs after my grandmother passed a few years ago.

A little about my grandfather's interesting and remarkable life )

My grandfather attended my baptism last year, and at dinner afterwards told us all the story of when he was baptized at Fittstown in the river. He helped inspect my house and plan some of the repairs and upgrades.

My grandfather was terrified of the idea of having to stay in the hospital, so while I am sad that he's gone, I know that he would have certainly chosen to pass away at home rather than in the company of strangers.
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Friday will be six years since my Grandma B died. Eight months since my Granny died.

This will be my first Christmas without any grandmothers at all.

Someday, I'll be able to hear Christmas music, anything I like, and remember the good times, and not just break down in tears and have to pull the car over into a parking lot and cry.

I have to believe that. It's got to get better. Maybe next year?

Don't wait.

Apr. 8th, 2009 01:29 pm
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] amysuemom lost a friend yesterday, and her children lost a teacher. He was in his 40's, and though I didn't know him, from all reports he was a pretty awesome guy.

Tonight at church* we're writing notes of encouragement to people who might need them.

Please think about what you'd say if you were asked to say a few words at the funeral of someone you know, someone who really impressed you, maybe even someone who usually goes without thanks.

And think about why you're not telling them today.



*I should note that I'll be there ONLY if I don't fall asleep, which is generally what happens about 4pm. *sigh*
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Doing a crossword and finding a tricky clue, and the split-second desire to call my grandmother for help.

Realizing that I can't.

Thinking about it, realizing the answer-- and realizing that I've heard it in her voice in my head.

I guess we never do truly lose those we love.
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Apparently a few of my uncle's friends wrote to him when his father passed away in June. I found my uncle's reply to them, and thought it was worth sharing. Here it is, below the cut.

on the occurrence of my father's death )
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My dad just called to let me know that my uncle John was found passed away in his apartment today.

He was only 53 years old.

He married once, for a few years, when I was very little, and divorced; he had no children. He had a master's in mathematics from OU and was a serious Sooners fan. He loved practical jokes and would spend weeks setting them up.

My grandmother hasn't been told yet that her only son is gone. She just lost her husband this summer and now this.

Oh Lord, please give my grandmother strength to bear losing her son, and my mother strength to bear losing her brother (and patience to deal with my grandmother). Be with all of us in this time of our sorrow.

"The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalm 90:10)

Passing.

Jun. 29th, 2008 08:42 am
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Every night, I listen to the voices of those who have lost someone they loved, and while I prayed for them, I did not share their names.

Today, I have one to share.

My grandfather, J. B. Corvin, passed from this life to the next this morning.

He enjoyed a full life with his wife of nearly 65 years and their family. He was a devout member of the Assembly of God church, participated highly with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Good Sams, and was visited by his friends and neighbors until the end.

I will be at home with my family today.



The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

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