Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Passing Of My Father

My father passed away this morning a little after 8:00 AM. At the time of his passing I was walking down the hallway to his room. I was almost there when my sister came out and told me that he had just passed. It was a peaceful death. My sister was saying prayers with him and he just floated away. I was able to spend some private time with his body. Even though I am a very emotional person I am usually very stoic. Sitting with my father's body, I was unable to control my emotions and the tears flowed. They were a mixture of sadness, love, relief, and joy. The last few years have been very difficult for Dad and I am happy that he is now released from the physical and mental suffering that was part of his last years. I am still feeling very emotional as I type these words and I am certain my tears are not over. One of my sisters wants me to write a eulogy for Dad. At the moment that seems overwhelming to me. Hopefully, though, in the next couple of days I can pull it together and gather my thoughts. I knew this day was coming but now that it has arrived, I feel very empty.

6 comments:

Jim-Boy-RD said...

After having gone through this with Teri's mother two weeks ago, we understand your anguish. Although I was glad her mother was in a better place, I still wanted her here with us. Please know that Teri and I are praying for you, your father, and your family. God bless.

Paula A. Habib said...

Michael, Steve & I want to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of need! We have been there, with the passing of our parents, and no matter how old one is, it is never easy! Our love goes to you and your family, and should you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Sincerely,
Paula and Steven Habib
jewishwoman@yahoo.com
(502) 396-0394

The Crutnacker said...

Mike, we've all come to know your dad through the daily e-mails and this blog. As I was driving home and watching the wind do its work on trees, street lights, and signs, it hit my mind that maybe it was your dad, happy to have his spirit free, taking one last tour around the Louisville.

Your dad has left us a rich legacy in you. Know that we all love you and are with you during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Rob Mattheu

TWheatley said...

Mike,
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
- with respect, a previous coworker

Cosmic Hobo said...

Michael, may you be filled with comfort and strength in this time of sorrow and transition. Amen.

Jake Lomax said...

Mike, so sorry to hear about your Father. We are very sorry, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.