Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Goodbye, Dad

Dad & Corinne
My Dad passed away early yesterday morning. He died quickly and unexpectedly, still working, reading, involved in life.
What is the essence of a person- what they did, how they lived, their characteristics- it's finished when a person dies.  Like the body of work that defines who one is, death ensures that it can never be amended. What went before is all that you have to hold on to. The things said or done, the luxury of adding to reducing, is no longer yours. What was stands. 

20 days ago marked the first year anniversary of Sue's death. And now the mourning begins again. Flower said to me, in her 7 year old innocence,  "Why are your relatives dropping like flies?" and in the next breath, "Grandpa did love Jesus, didn't he?" Pragmatic concern is a hallmark of my side of the family. Got that from Dad.

9 comments:

Stephanie said...

I am so, so sorry! "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Hugs to you and your family during this terrible time.

Deanna said...

My prayers for peace and comfort are with your family. I will also be praying for your safety while travelling.
The picture is precious.
With my most sincere sympathies to you, Deanna

melanie said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'll be praying for you! {{{hugs}}}

jonnia said...

Praying for you and your family, my friend. I am so very sorry for your loss - I cannot even imagine facing so much. Please don't forget for a moment in Whose hands you are kept.

Kari said...

I am so sad for your loss and I am praying that you feel the calming presence of God during this time.

Sunshine Cottage said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Many prayers headed your way - you're in our thoughts.
-Kathy

ourlearninghouse said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Deanna said...

Continuing to hold you and your family in prayer today.

Tina said...

In my absence from computerland, I am just now reading this. I hope you are in a peaceful place and that the good Lord will continue to soothe your sorrow. Much love.