Early this morning my dad passed away.  He was at home, surrounded by lots of love, just the way he wanted it.
I am looking forward to spending time this week with all five of my siblings, their families, my stepmom, and my mom. I know a lot of happy memories will be shared. My family in Kansas has been so wonderful in keeping me up to date and a part of his last days. Within minutes of my sister calling with the news, my stepmom sent me an “I love you” message. This is how she has been through all of this, putting our hearts before anything else. No wonder my dad loved her so much. I really do have an awesome family.

Thanks for all your warm thoughts and prayers. They have helped and will continue to help. I can’t even begin to explain how lucky I feel to have been loved by him all my years. He has left me with a lot and I am so thankful for that.

Dad and Cathy 2007

16 thoughts on “Good-bye

  1. I'm so sorry, Cathy, but glad you're surrounded by so much love and so many wonderful people. I have enjoyed learning more about your Dad over the past weeks; he was clearly an amazing man. I'm thinking of you and all of your family.


  2. (((Cathy))), I'm sorry to hear you've lost your dad. I still remember getting a call at 1 a.m. eight years ago saying that my dad was gone. It's hard. This coming week that you spend with your family can be a great time of reminiscing, despite the sorrow. I'll be thinking of you.


  3. Oh, Cathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I've read what you've written about your father over the last several weeks; what a lovely man he was.

    My thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult, yet deeply loving, transition. Sending you and your family warmth, care, and peace.


  4. So sorry to hear this Cathy. Thinking of you and your dear family who will help get you through this difficult time. Your dad sounded like he was an amazing guy and he was also lucky to have such a wonderful and dedicated daughter.


  5. I am so sorry. You have my deepest sympathies and you and your family are in my prayers. Just remember, you are fortunate to have gotten to say goodbye. I know that all too well. Hugs to you.


  6. Carla

    Cathy: I'm sorry I'm picking this up late. I know it wasn't unexpected, but that doesn't make it any easier. As loving as your family is, I'm sure you'll find some joy amidst the tears. Warm thoughts being sent your direction.


  7. I am so sorry Cathy, take your time in letting yourself accept and heal. Your dad will always be in your heart and in your memories, even in those times when he feels far away.

    “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~Author Unknown


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