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post #61 of 88
Oh Carol!

I can never find the right words for these times, but would like to share a short tribute that my brother wrote for my dad when he passed:

Let loose the chains that bind my soul.
That I may soar as meant to be.
Be free.......

There's no more pain.
post #62 of 88

I have tears streaming down my face. You have so honored your Papa, I know he is smiling down upon you. It sounds like he passed peacefully and knowing how much he is loved.

I will be sending loving healing thoughts to you and your entire family.
post #63 of 88
am sorry to hear of your loss!
post #64 of 88
Carol i am so sorry for your loss

God bless you and your family
post #65 of 88

I am so very sorry. I know how much it must hurt you and your family. Your father sounds like he was a remarkable gentleman. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm not very good at saying the right thing at these times, but my sympathy is sincere.

My Dad was also a WWII veteran.

Your last experience with him sounds eerily like mine when my Dad died. he was in hospice care, too. I even helped the nurse bathe him, before he was taken away, to spare Mom the ordeal.

I know if you were here, most of my kitties would sense your pain, and jump on your lap, and cuddle with you. I wish I could give you a big hug, too.

Please feel free to PM me if you need a shoulder to cry on.


post #66 of 88

Thank you for sharing your touching story. It has been said before, but I have to agree, we should all be so lucky to go as loved and peacefully as your papa.
post #67 of 88
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that right now you are focused on taking care of everything that you need to do. I also know that you are focused on taking care of you mother, but please take some time for yourself. Allow yourself to grieve and cry.
post #68 of 88
I am so sorry to hear of your Papa's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts. You were wonderful in his last days, and I just know that he is so grateful for all of you. Take care of yourselves
post #69 of 88

There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

post #70 of 88
Oh Carol. I'm so sorry for your loss.
It sounds like he knew it was his time and that he was surrounded by people who love him.

Vibes for you and your family. You're definatly taking it better then I would
post #71 of 88
I'm so sorry for your loss.
post #72 of 88
Oh Carol!! I am so sorry.

I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!!
post #73 of 88
I am sorry for your loss! He will be forever in your hearts!
post #74 of 88
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Papa was greatly loved and he knew it, and at the end his passing was peaceful. May the family have the strength to remember the good times they had with a good father and grandpa. ANd I am so glad you can have his funeral the way he wanted it. That is a wonderful tribute.
post #75 of 88
My condolences, Carol. Just reading your post made me think what a peaceful passing that was for your father, and he'll surely rest in peace.
post #76 of 88
i'm sorry you've lost him - i know how much you loved him. but i'm glad he had a good last day, able to hear from so many loved ones.
my grandmother had a similarly good last day - her last christimas with all of her descendants around her... the musical ones sang for her [she always loved that, was so proud, tho she'd never admit it!].
post #77 of 88
Carol, I'm so sorry about your Papa, I just finished reading your post. Your love for him is very evident throughout it. It's a nice tribute to your father and I'm glad you found a bugler. Take care of yourself and your Mom.
post #78 of 88
i am so sorry for your loss, i am glad that you found a bugler to play for his funeral. i will keep you and your family in my prayers.
post #79 of 88
Im so sorry about your pops passing!! How are you taking it?? Are you okay??
How's his wife taking it?? I cried when I read this, at first I thought It was a break off of the last thread, then I read the name.... Im soo soo sorryy!!This cant be easy for you....If you need to talk, or just to vent or you need a good cry Im always heree....crying along side of you..........

RIP Papa~ You were much loved!
post #80 of 88
I am so sorry for your loss. My grandma passed away last month due to complications of Alzheimers. I had spent the past 5 years helping my Grandpa care for her. I understand the hard work devotion and love it takes to care for an ageing, sick parent. I also know the heartbreak that comes after the parent has passed away. When you devote so much of your time and energy careing for someone, your life feels off track when the person is no longer there to care for. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
post #81 of 88
Carol, i am soo sorry i'm just now catching up to this thread I am very sorry for your loss sweetie It sounds as if your father knew he was very loved by your family and that even though he passed away-he did so knowing how much love everyone had in their hearts for him I have no doubt he's watching over you now My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now during this difficult time
post #82 of 88
I am sorry for you loss.
post #83 of 88
Thread Starter 
Hi, everybody. I've been coming by almost every day to read your posts, and I thank you so much for the strength they've given me. You have comforted me, and you have honored my father, and I love each of you for that.

We had the wake last night, and the funeral this afternoon. Papa rests now under a big wide sky on a high hillside, overlooking the beautiful American flag that flies at half-staff above the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. It's a special cemetery for military veterans and their spouses, like the one at Arlington, Virginia.

I'm so tired now... we all are, not only physically spent, but also emotionally exhausted... but when I can get my wits about me again, I want to share some of the past several days with you. They say it always hurts to grow, and we have certainly hurt a lot, but we've grown, too... within ourselves, and in the bonds among us.

I truly never thought I could survive the loss of someone I loved this much. I've dreaded it all my life. But now the worst has happened -- and I'm still here, and I still have Papa in my heart, and I am still the person he helped me to become.

So I think we're going to be all right... and I'm so grateful to all of you for helping me get through to this point.
post #84 of 88
Carol, take your time. Funerals, preparations, family and friends are so draining...take time out for yourself right now and try to sort things out in your mind. You probably haven't really had a chance to feel anything but numb, and now relief that it is all over. Believe me, I know.

When you are ready, come back and talk to us. And, again, if you need to talk I'm only a PM away, and so are a lot of other people. I'm just happy you checked in and let us know you are ok...well, as ok as you can be right now.
post #85 of 88
Carol rest now. It is a beautiful thing you have done for your papa. I know the next few days will seem strange. Just remember to take care of yourself and your mom. This place helps also as someone will always be around to talk to. Your post here have raised many sad and loving tears for my own loved ones who have passed on in a similar manner. to you and family.
post #86 of 88
WoW! I have been so touched by this, I've been wiping my tears! I am
so glad someone came to play TAPPS for your dad, and for you to have promised that! I cry everytime I have ever heard that played! What an honor
for such an honorable man!! I have lost a good friend of mine, last week, but she had lost her father just 3 wks before on Jan. 8, he was a Brigadeare (ms)General, they had a full fledge military funeral, TAPPS was played also. He was also a pilot, he had his own small plane. The friends from the airport,
flew over right after they played TAPPS, there were 3 planes then 1 fell off,
as if the one pilot was no longer with them! They call it something and I can't think of it right now, some kind of salute! But then his best friend flew over in her dad's plane! OMG!!I will never forget that, ever!!!!
I am so sorry Carol for the huge loss of your special dad!! My heart hurts
for you and your family!! Please take care!

post #87 of 88
Originally Posted by carwashcats View Post
He was also a pilot, he had his own small plane. The friends from the airport,
flew over right after they played TAPPS, there were 3 planes then 1 fell off,
as if the one pilot was no longer with them! They call it something and I can't think of it right now,

Missing Man Formation

Take care of your self Carol TCS will still be here.
post #88 of 88
Carol, I am so sorry for the loss of your papa. Know that he is watching you and looking down on you everyday
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