Thursday, April 26, 2012

Another Goodbye


Hello everyone, It is with great sorrow that I must tell you that my father has passed away. As most of you know we lost our mother three short month ago. It was shortly after my mothers passing that we learned my father was keeping a secret. We learned that he was terminally ill. He didn't tell anyone, not even my mother knew. It was only when the pain became unbearable and he was rushed to the hospital several weeks ago that  we learned just how sick he was.  Hospice workers helped us manage his pain and care for him, and someone from the family was always with him. Thankfully his last weeks were mostly pain free. He was comatose the last week of his life and quietly slipped away Monday. I'ts so hard to believe that we lost our brother, then mom and now our father in less than seven months time. We are all hanging in there but its really tough. I'll be away from the blog for a while.

49 comments:

  1. Karen,
    I'm very sorry for this devastating loss, may the thoughts, prayers and hugs from those who love you and your family bring all comfort and grace. We will miss you in blog land but we understand, we will be here waitng.

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  2. Oh Karen, my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry. Your family has been through so much in the last few months. Take care my friend. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  3. I am so sorry for your losses... take care of yourself...
    Sincerely,
    Mary

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  4. Karen, I'm so sorry for all the heart break you are going through these past 7 months. I shall keep you all in my prayers, take care.

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  5. What a very brave man your father was shouldering that burden alone for so long. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you at this very sad time.

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  6. OH I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

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  7. I'm so sorry for all your losses. I greatly admire your father for sparing you as long as he could. ~ Maureen

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  8. Oh my, I am so sorry for your losses. This is a lot to bear. I will keep you and your family in prayer and may God keep you in the palm of His hand. Hugs, Marty

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  9. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Losing a loved one is never easy, but with your mother and brother also, I know this is a very difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  10. I am so sorry. Take your time.

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  11. You poor darlings, what a truly terrible burden of grief you have to carry. I lost my mother 10 years ago but at least my dad stayed with us for another 13 months. Having such close family ties broken in such tragic ways is very hard to deal with and you all will cry many tears.. However your very brave dad did what he could to ease the pain of your mum's passing before he let you know his own battle was almost over, what very great courage that took, a man to admire.. They will be together now in your hearts and memories and with your brother, so let life still go on without too much hurt.. it will ease, but you will never stop missing them, just know that we in blog land are thinking of you and praying for the hurt to ease a little so that you can function day by day.. God bless, Hugs from across the pond.. J

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  12. I am so sorry to hear about all of your losses. I hope you find strength and comfort in your faith and family and friends. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  13. Karen~~ I am so sorry to hear this news about your father. Sending hugs and prayers your way.
    xo~~Cheryl

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  14. Karen, I am so sorry to hear of all your losses. That is a lot in 7 months. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care of yourself.

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  15. Oh Karen,
    I am so sorry for all your pain and losses... You and your family will be forever in my prayers and I hope your healing will soon be able to turn to memories of good times...
    Love and Hugs,
    Donna

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  16. Oh Karen, I am so sorry for the difficult year you have had. That is more loss than anyone should have to deal with in such a short amount of time. And that was so very brave of your father to try to protect you as for as long as possible. He clearly loved his family dearly. Take Care!

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  17. Oh my gosh...that is devestating to not only lose one parent, but now two. I am so sorry and my heart is aching for you. Your in my prayers :)

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  18. My very deepest sympathy is extended to your family. May you all take comfort in knowing that he is with your mother now. God Bless!

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  19. Oh Karen I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. My dad is gone 10 years now and that year we lost 4 in our family. It's never easy but the good memories we have of them get us through it. Take care!

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  20. Oh Karen Sweetie...
    I am so, so sorry to hear about your Father's graduation to heaven. For whatever reason he did not want you all to worry about him, he remained focused on your
    precious Momma. A priceless love for you all. He is with your Momma and your
    Brother now.

    I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers dear friend. Hugs to you and
    so much love, Sherry

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  21. I am so sorry! Peace be with you and yours.

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  22. Oh my. That is overwhelming. I'm so sorry for each of these losses so close together. You are in my prayers.

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  23. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time - and in the times to come. I'm sending you hopes for strength and comfort. Blessing to you, Nellie

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  24. So, so sorry for your overwhelming losses. I lost my dad five years ago--very suddenly. I will be thinking of you and your family.

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  25. Oh Karen I am so sorry. How much he must have loved you not wanting you to know earlier. My heart breaks for you and I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time.
    big hugs
    Carole

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  26. Take care Karen we will all be thinking about you..
    Hugs,
    Wanda

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  27. Karen I am so sorry for your losses. God Bless you and your family.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  28. Dear Karen, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father, my deepest sympathy to you, N.xo

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  29. sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  30. Karen, My heart aches for you right now. Know that you are loved and that your family on the other side is holding your heart in their hands. I do believe we will all be reunited someday....past all the pain and suffering and met with only joy. God bless you, honey- xo Diana

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  31. I don;t know of any words which will begin to say how very sorry I am. Other than....God Bless You in your time of sorrow and great need. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  32. Oh Karen, my heart is breaking for you. When I read your first sentence, remembering about your Mom's passing, I thought, oh dear, her Dad died of a broken heart. Then I was taken by surprise to hear he was ill. He must not have wanted anyone to worry about his being ill. You've got to admire him for that. I can only imagine your pain. I am so sorry. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

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  33. Karen,
    I am sorry for your sorrow. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Kathleen

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  34. All I can say is God Bless you Karen....
    and I am truly sorry for your losses.
    Pamela xoxo

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  35. Dear Karen,

    I am so very sorry for your losses. You have been through so much. I know your three angels will be watching over you. I know God will sustain you. I will pray for you.

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  36. Karen, I am so, so sorry. Sending you {{{{{hugs}}}}} from Alabama and prayers.

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  37. Karen,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father. I cannot imagine losing 3 family members in such a short time. Bless your dad for not wanting everyone to worry about him too. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  38. Karen,
    I am sorry for the loss of both your parents and soon after the loss of one then the other. My prayers for you and your family will be that of strength for each day.

    Darlene

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  39. Oh I am so sorry for your loss! I believe your Mother, Father and brother are all together now, free from pain. You will be with them one day. I am so sorry you had to suffer so much loss in such a short time.

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  40. Oh Karen,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You have really been through a lot in a short time but I know that faith is the only thing that can help you overcome difficult times.
    God bless you and your family.
    rita

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  42. I am so to hear, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debbie

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  43. I am so very sorry for all your losses! May the memories of your loved ones bring you some peace.

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  44. Oh, Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  45. Blessings and prayers to you and your family xx

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  46. I know this is quite late (I haven't been blogging in awhile), but my deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

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  47. I can relate to how you feel, although my own experience was a long time ago now. In April of 1995 my father died, 3 months later my mother passed away and New Year's Day in 1996 my eldest sister died of cancer. It was a tough time, but I have to say the family pulled together. Hope you manage to work your way through. Lois

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  48. I am so truly sorry for your loss.
    Francine

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  49. Karin, I just found your blog, and then this post. A loss of an immediate family member is so very devastating, but to loose a second in such a short time cam make the grief seem insurmountable. One seems to cut more often, then you feel guilty about not grieving the other as you should. You loved them both beyond measure, but it seems that the grieving of both at once is too much to bear. I know that you are now 16 months out from your father's loss and only 19 short months past the loss of your mother, and I am sure that the pain can still sometimes be overwhelming.
    I lost my mother on June 14, 2012 and then my husband on September 30th, 2012. Someone told me that it doesn't get better, it just gets...different; I don't know.
    My prayers that our Lord will ease those times when the grief washes over you, and that He will use those times to bring you a new and wonderful memory of times spent with your parents.

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