A time of loss

I am so thankful that I was able to travel to see my father on Friday.  He has been suffering from Alzheimer's for about 6 years now.  He became very ill about three weeks ago and was in the hospital for nine days before being sent to a short term care nursing home.  I was truly stunned when I arrived on Friday to visit with him.  He was still very ill and had lost so much weight.  The dementia had gone into overdrive.

Saturday morning I received a call that he had passed away.  For this I am also thankful because I know he has gone to a better place with my hope that his mind and soul are now at rest.

I have lost both parents to this horrible and life taking disease.  It is so very difficult to lose them to such an illness that leaves them as a shell and they no longer know themselves and no longer know who I am.

So this week I will be thankful that he no longer suffers with trying to form sentences, or trying to remember how to walk or trying to eat or even understand.  I know he is in a better place and hopefully whole again.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss! I had 2 grandparents with Alzheimer's. It is truly terrible. Take care-

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  2. My thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

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  3. So sorry for your loss. I'm really glad to hear that you feel he is in a better place. A great comfort.

    Mary in Thailand

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  4. I am with you Linda and with you all the best. This disease is terrible and scaring. Thinking I might end my life this way terrifies me but I know it may happen.

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  5. Sorry for your loss. Please know that he is resting from sorrow & tears and in a place of warmth & comfort and leaving you with many memories to cherish.

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  6. I'm sorry you had to loose both parents this way. My dad went like this, finally unable to remember how to swallow and his advanced directive was very clear. It is, indeed, difficult to watch a brilliant, viable man become a helpless shell. My heart goes out to you and to others who have to go throught his. I believe he's in a better place, now.

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  7. That disease is so difficult for everyone-the patient, the loved ones. So sorry. Blessings to you and your family.

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  8. I am truly sorry for your loss! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. I am truly sorry for your loss, I know how difficult it is for family of those with this terrible disease.
    My best wishes go out to you.

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss and the sad road leading to it.

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  11. My condolences to you and your family. God bless!

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  12. Sorry for your loss. May he find eternal rest..

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  13. My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father.

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  14. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss. My grandmother suffered from Alzheimers for nearly 15 years and when she passed it was a blessing for her to be released from that prison.

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  16. I'm sorry about your father. Alzheimer's is such a dastardly thing to deal with, for not only for the victim, but family and friends also.

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