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nowiknow23 posted 7/21/2014 13:01 PM

My father passed away late last night. Although we knew he didn't have much time left, the end came very quickly. The hospice and nursing home staff were amazing, caring very tenderly for Dad and supporting and comforting our family as well, just as they did when we lost Mom last November.

It was a privilege to be with him at the end, holding his hands and comforting him as he took his last breaths. Three of my siblings were there as well, and the other five siblings who weren't able to make it back in time were each able to speak their final words to him over the phone. I believe he heard every one of us, even though he was unable to respond.

Dad always said that the best decision he ever made in his life to was ask Mom to marry him, the greatest fortune in his life was that she said yes, and his biggest joy was the family they built together - 9 children, 20 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

There is deep sadness today, but also peace in knowing he is at rest, and tremendous gratitude for his life and his love.

...And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

Maya Angelou - When Great Trees Fall

Jrazz posted 7/21/2014 13:04 PM

Love you NIK. We're all here with you.

betrayedfriend posted 7/21/2014 13:04 PM

Nik, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beloved father, he has left a tremendous legacy for you in his love for his family.

GabyBaby posted 7/21/2014 13:05 PM

((( NIK )))
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Tred posted 7/21/2014 13:08 PM

My deep condolences NIK.

Deeply Scared posted 7/21/2014 13:08 PM


My heart is heavy for all the sadness you've been dealing with in recent months.

I'm so very sorry for your loss

lieshurt posted 7/21/2014 13:10 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss hun

MovingUpward posted 7/21/2014 13:17 PM


Sorry for your loss.

jo2love posted 7/21/2014 13:20 PM

(((Nik & family)))

I'm so sorry. Sending love and hugs.

LosferWords posted 7/21/2014 13:25 PM

((((NIK and Family))))

I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you and your siblings really helped him have a peaceful passing.

Many hugs to you.

norabird posted 7/21/2014 13:26 PM


I am so sorry. It sounds like an end that is a testament to his life. The poem is perfect.

brokeninfl posted 7/21/2014 13:26 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. (((NIK)))

Lalagirl posted 7/21/2014 13:28 PM


I am so very sorry.

DixieD posted 7/21/2014 13:29 PM

I'm so sorry NIK. My deepest condolences. Hugs for you and all your family during your time of loss and grief.

Pentup posted 7/21/2014 13:40 PM

What a legacy he leaves in you.

AmSoDone posted 7/21/2014 13:42 PM


So sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man, he's at peace now.

metamorphisis posted 7/21/2014 13:55 PM


We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

[This message edited by SI Staff at 1:56 PM, July 21st (Monday)]

authenticnow posted 7/21/2014 13:59 PM


MissesJai posted 7/21/2014 14:02 PM


TrulyReconciled posted 7/21/2014 14:02 PM

(((((NIK))))) It was his good fortune to have most of you there, and I'm sure very comforting.

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