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He was my sense of security

He was my sense of security

I don’t think I could have ever been prepared for my father’s death. How could I when he was my sense of security and always gave me strength. I think watching him getting more frail as the time went by was the most difficult thing I ever […]

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Surrounded by his children

Surrounded by his children

I am grateful to the staff that were there when my father in law was palliative. He had the opportunity to be surrounded by his children when he took his last breath. He had the opportunity to meet all family and friends that meant a great deal […]

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We always knew we loved each other

We always knew we loved each other

When my Dad was diagnosed with incurable cancer a co-worker advised me to take the time to say to my Dad, everything I wanted to say. Among the things I said were that he was the greatest man I have ever known, and that I loved him. […]

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I was the little girl

I was the little girl

I lost my hero 2 years ago. Dad had COPD with 30% lung function. He showed signs and symptoms of a cold on a Wednesday. Cold turned to pneumonia on Saturday, ICU Sunday died the following Thursday. My world stopped, even though my eyes saw people on […]

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The most joyful and painful day

The most joyful and painful day

Losing my dad the same day in fact almost exactly 12 hours after the birth of my grandson was the most joyous and painful day I’ve experienced.

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His last days were calm

His last days were calm

All my thanks! My father was well looked after for 5 months in the McNally Hospice in Grimsby. It was the best decision we as a family made. His last days were calm and he was comfortable. He was able to have an early “5 am” breakfast […]

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He called me by name

He called me by name

I wasn’t there when my father died. I had been visiting him every day while he was in hospital but on that particular Sunday I stayed home to care for my children while my husband ran out to get groceries for our family of 6. My sister […]

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I didn’t really know him

I didn’t really know him

When my dad passed away, I felt numb, not because of pain but because my dad had been sick since I was young, and I didn’t really know him. I felt a great deal of guilt over the following years for feeling so detached and indifferent to […]

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I miss you so much dad

I miss you so much dad

I miss you so much dad, everyday the world reminds me how special it was when you were physically here with me – now I just use my senses to remember that I and this world is so much better for having had you in it. T’amo […]

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How different things could have been

How different things could have been

When I was ten years old my father died and it was decided my sister & I would not attend his funeral. I have no memories of visiting in hospital as he slipped away from cancer. I remember coughing and hair loss… only aware he had a […]

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