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Monday, April 16, 2012

Saying Good Bye to Daddy

This is going to be a short post. I type it with tears in my eyes.

We saw Daddy for the last time Saturday. He passed away and we never got to him in time to say good bye,  although my sister and I tried our best.

We knew he was getting weaker, but we never expected this.

They said he was laughing and joking with "the girls" at the nursing home only five minutes before he passed away. When they returned to his room only five minutes later to ask him what he wanted to drink with his meal, he was slumped over and unresponsive.

He went quickly, which was good, he did not suffer. He is now in a better place. We didn't make it there in time, but I am  glad he was surrounded by three of the staff when he passed. They said they comforted him and told him they loved him and that his girls loved him.

I've always heard animals could sense death in a person. I am a believer of this.

Daddy didn't like cats. He never let the nursing home cats in his room.

The nursing home cat came in his room and was there the entire time we were with Daddy. The sleek black cat walked around his bed and promptly jumped up in his window and sat. She looked at me and purred quietly when I rubbed her back. She never left and was there when we left the  room a few hours later.

I read about it this morning on the internet at this site.

Thank you for letting me share my feelings with you this morning. It sometimes helps to let it out and I consider all my followers as my friends.

Remember me and my family in your prayers the next few days.

Posted by Janet F. Smart at Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. I'm very sorry for your loss, Janet. What a blessing that he didn't suffer. My sister and I were with my daddy when he passed away, but I don't think he knew it; he too went peacefully. I know you will find comfort in those loving people who will be with you in the coming days, and in the Lord.

  2. You and Your family will be in my prayers.

  3. I am so sorry that your dad passed away so quickly that you didn't get to say good bye. Be comforted that he didn't suffer. That to me is a true blessing. You and your family have my deepest heartfelt condolences. I pray the Lord helps you and your family through this.

    Hugs & Prayers,

  4. I am so sorry to read this, Janet. Thinking of you and wishing you and your family much peace.

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss, Janet. I hope that your memories of happy days and the knowledge that he didn't suffer give you comfort in the days ahead. Hugs to you and your family.

  6. You have my deepest sympathy...
    That is very cool about the cat being there.
    Take care.

  7. So sorry Janet, I'm praying for you and your family..I'm glad he went peaceful and it gives you so much comfort in knowing he didn't suffer..My dad went peaceful too, he fell in the yard..That's the way he always said he wanted to go..really quick..You take care of yourself, your dad would want you to.. Hugs and prayers..Susie

  8. Janet I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious dad. It's never easy to let a loved one go. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sisters. Treasure all those precious memories of your dad. That helped me get through when I lost my dad several years back. Hugs!!!!

  9. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your father. Even when we know it's coming, we're never really prepared for it. I'm not surprised about the cat; I've heard of such things before. I'll be praying for you and your family.

  10. Dear Janet,
    Thank you for bravely sharing these words with us. You are in my prayers, and on my heart. Peace to you and your family at this time.

  11. Please accept my sympathy for the death of your Dad. Even though they are aged and their time is up, it is still a hard time and a huge loss for you. Take care and hope all goes well for you. xo

  12. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. Your memories of him will live on.

  13. Oh Janet I'm so sorry. I just can't imagine how broken hearted you are.

  14. So sorry for your loss, Janet.
    I am glad to hear he did not suffer and went quickly.
    And as for the cat....they are amazing creatures.

  15. Oh, Janet--I am so sorry for you! I lost my Dad fourteen months ago, and I know how you are feeling right now. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  16. Hi Janet, I'm so sorry to hear about your father, that must have been such a shock. How comforting to know that he was with people who were kind to him and that he didn't have to suffer for long. And although you and your sister were not with him at the end, you were with him in life and that is what is important. It sounds like you have a very loving family and that you took very good care of your father and were wonderful daughters. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you find tender comfort in the days ahead. With love, Delisa

  17. Janet,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad.
    I am praying for you and your family.
    This is a tough time and just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings. Hugs, Barb

  18. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that he went peacefully. May you be comforted by the many good memories you have of your father.


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