Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rest in Peace

My dad drew his last breath last night with his wife and three children by his side. It was a peaceful moment.

According to his wishes there will be no viewing of his empty shell,  no elaborate funeral,  His remains will be interred at the National Cemetery in this area;  as a career member of the military, he is entitled to full military honors and will be sent off with Taps and a 21-gun salute.  He would have LOVED that!

Thanks to all who have been so kind and thoughtful during this difficult time.

32 comments:

Wendy said...

I am so sorry Malinda, but I am happy that you were able to be with him and comfort him in his last days. If you need anything let me know.

Maia said...
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Maia said...

So sorry for your loss. I hope your family finds their way through these hard times in a peaceful way.

Dawn said...

My thoughts are with you and your children today, Malinda. I am so sorry for your loss.

Vicki Haynes said...

Malinda & Girls, I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything let me know.
Vicki H

dbc said...

I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope that fond memories will bring you peace.

Sang-Shil said...

I hope that you can weave your memories of your father together into something warm and draw it around you for comfort.

I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

OmegaMom said...

I am so sorry, Malinda. I am glad that you and your siblings were there, and that it was peaceful.

a Tonggu Momma said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your girls and your entire family today, Malinda. I am so very sorry for your loss.

redkitchen said...

I am sorry. I'll pray for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

A 21 gun salute... wow! I think that sounds like a very fitting way to honor his life. I know he will be missed. Hugs to all of you.
Sue

Elizabeth@Romans8:15 said...

What a lucky man he was to be surrounded by love like that. My thoughts are with you and your entire family.

M3 said...

My thoughts are with you.

mama d said...

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you for peace.

Chinazhoumom said...

We are sending prayers your way! Malinda, we are so sorry for your loss!
Carol in FL

Bukimom said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Malinda. May the fact that your dad was surrounded by the love of his family in his final moments bring you comfort and peace.

Lee said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. No matter the age, no matter the situation, we are never prepared to part with those we love.

Keeping your family in my prayers,

Lee in Canada

Anonymous said...

So sorry for you and your family's loss. He sounded like a great guy. My prayers are with you.

Jill C.

Anonymous said...

He must have been a great man because he has a great daughter. Hugs to you all!
BW

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with you and your daughters.

Martha Nichols said...

Malinda -- All my sympathies, and thank you for writing about this with such honesty and respectfulness. My own father's mortality is very much on my mind as I visit him this weekend, helping him to move in to a care home. All the best.

Mi Hilo Rojo said...

I am so sorry Malinda. Thoughts and prayers for you , girls and family.

Hugs

Mei-Ling

Michele in ATL said...

Our thoughts are with you and the girls.

Jessica Pegis said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Malinda. I'm glad the girls had the chance to know your lovely father.

Sheri said...

Malinda, I, too, am so very sorry for your family's loss. Have faith, stay strong for your kids, and cherish the memories and laughter you share. After the rain, the rainbow: there will be joy again.

travelmom and more said...

Malinda, I am sorry for your loss. I hope your dad had a life full of love and laughter. It sounds like you had a wonderful friendship with your dad, which is probably why you are such a great mom.

Diane said...

Malinda- may that peaceful moment remain with you as you walk forward in these days ahead. Sounds like it will be the perfect tribute to your dad. Include me in the many that are holding you and yours in my thoughts today.

Victoria said...

So sorry for your loss. Please take care.

motherissues said...

Love and peace to you and your family as you deal with this loss. Both of my grandfathers died last year and I've seen how even a "good death" shakes a family. I hope things work as smoothly as they can for you.

Jessica said...

So sorry for your loss. My guess is that your dad was very proud of you and your family. I'm glad you could be with him in his final days.

Judy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

YoonSeon said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Malinda. My thoughts are with you and your family.