My June to do list and life got put on hold for 6 weeks. My sister rang to say my father had been admitted to the local hospital with a view to transferring him to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London for a heart operation. After a week I can home to the UK, and joined my sisters and step-mum on a staggered daily visiting routine so he wouldn’t feel too lonely. He just wanted one of us with him.
Enough to say I was glad I was there with them to share the ritual. The next 10 days saw him deteriorate a little bit more and it became obvious that the chances of the operation were slipping away. He passed away Monday 16th June about 10.15pm, peacefully, after a difficult weekend. We’d all seen him that evening and he’d wished us all “Goodnight, I’ll see you tomorrow.”
The funeral will be Tuesday 1st June. Just a simple Latin mass followed by a burial at Our Lady of Consolation Church, West Grinstead, in the Sussex Downs. Who could ask for more.
Sadly, I can’t upload photos… they will have to wait until I get home in mid July.
The support from family and friends has been much appreciated by all of us.