May 1, 2018 at 10:10 pm #12252
I have not been her for a little while, as my 91 y/o father has recently been admitted to home hospice. He has been failing quite quickly these past 2 weeks, and myself and my siblings have been at his home 24 hours a day. This hospice organization is absolutely amazing, and we are so grateful they are leading us in this journey. He is a WWII veteran, and our local veteran service agency has also been wonderful to work with. This hospice agency offers a special service to these veterans. They encourage the family to invite neighbors and friends for a special service, where they present an Honor Quilt to the Veteran and they do a special 20 minute service, with the presentation of the quilt. They bring a special cake, and Ice Cream to celebrate the service and commitment these Vets made to their country. After Dad has passed, we plan to present this special quilt to my brother who is a Vietnam vet.
There are currently 3 of these quilts being made in the US, and one will be my Dad’s. My Mother passed away in 2004, and I miss her every day. I know it will be the same with my Father.May 2, 2018 at 8:21 am #12253
Wonky what a blessing to have your Daddy so long!Sending prayers for you and your family.We had Hospice with my husbands mother and dad and they were a blessing to us.Praying for a peaceful passing.May 2, 2018 at 10:23 am #12254
Wonky, what a beautiful ceremony and recognition for your veteran father.
Your father and your family are in my prayers.May 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm #12523
Sadly my father passed away yesterday, May 29th at the ripe old age of 91. His death was expected, so we were all prepared as much as possible. He had always said “I am not leaving this farm until they carry me out”, and that is exactly what happened. He was only bedridden for 3 days, and his passing was peaceful. The hospice organization that we had chosen a few months earlier was absolutely amazing, and we are forever grateful for their wonderful care.
We will hold graveside services this Saturday, which was his wish, with a reception at the local golf course, which was also his wish. His favorite nephew will play and sing all of dad’s Polka favorites on his accordion, and we are all looking forward to that. My Dad also played the accordion, mouth organ, and concertina, and entertained all of us siblings (7) grandchildren (27) and great grandchildren (54) for many many years.
Dad will have full military services, and my brother, and BIL will participate (both are Vietnam veterans) in the three gun salute. My dad started going to Memorial Day services at the Cemetery where he is being buried when was discharged from the Army, and has never, ever missed a Memorial day Service, and we as siblings have also never missed a service, although some were at different cemeteries according to where we lived.
We will miss Dad, but we are grateful for having him as our father for so many years.
Rest easy Dad and thank you for being the father you were.May 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm #12525
Wonky, I send my condolences. I appreciate the veterans in your family, including your dad.May 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm #12526
Wonky–Blessings to you and your family.May 30, 2018 at 8:10 pm #12527
It sounds like he had a full life well-lived.May 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm #12532May 31, 2018 at 6:24 am #12533
I’m sorry for your loss Wonky. My thoughts are with you and your siblings.May 31, 2018 at 9:13 pm #12546June 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm #12568
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