/Multiple Editorial Responses/
These are just some of the many responses we
received from several Editorials ending with
Managing Meds -
My husband and I went ahead with after-death plans
and, in the process, received a book on ideas to
consider beforehand. We decided there was a
good form to fill out, so we took copies over to my
parents and asked them the same questions we were
answering ourselves. We got four sets of
information which were extremely helpful; especially
when Dad died and we had to remember details for his
Grieving family members need all the help
they can get.
My husband had a massive stroke in 1992 and came
to realize that he was not going to ever be fully
recovered. He needed something to do with his
time that was within his limitations, so he started
to write stories from his childhood. We
planned to have it printed and give a copy to each
of our children and grandchildren for Christmas that
year. He was encouraged by so many people to
have it published instead. It was accepted by
Publish America and soon the books were in our
hands. Since then, he has written two more
books and is working on his fourth right now.
He types on the computer by using his one good hand
to hit the keys with the eraser side of a pencil.
It works for him, and our daughter and I help to
edit what he writes. Now the family has his
autobiography and so much more as memories that will
go on forever.
Lots of love,
You are so right about those two dates. My dad
passed away one year ago on 9/21 and we buried him
on his birthday, 9/24. As you can imagine, my mom is
drained, void of all feelings and wondering how she
will go on. I, as the caregiver am drained of losing
my best friend, my dad, and now being a caregiver to
my mom. I am so angry that my dad is gone and I feel
so sad for my mom. We have a rabbi coming to the
house on Friday to celebrate his day, bless the
house, and just get us through this. No
teachers for this one
Thanks for all your advice.
Congratulations on remembering your dad so well.
I have a similar story of my dad's passing. My
nieces and nephews were young, but they remember
Grampa and what a funny, story-telling, loving man
he was. I have often toyed with the idea of writing
a book about the caregiving and life of my dad.
He had Parkinson's disease. We were able to
keep him active and mostly healthy for over 20
years…a feat in and of itself. The struggle
was to keep him home and we did right until the last
breath. The hospice staff told me I gave him
a gift by keeping him home and so well. I
wasn't sure if it was at the time. I couldn't
see through the loss and grief. Today, I think
maybe I can start believing it. Now, my
husband and I are caregivers for my 83-year-old
mother who has COPD and some dementia issues.
It is a struggle of a different kind with her,
because she refuses to acknowledge the disease.
But we carry on trying our best to keep her going as
we did for Dad!
Thank you for the wonderful newsletter. It is
inspiring and on the "down" days brings a reminder
that I can carry on.
Thanks for always presenting very human,
unpolished stories from the human heart. And
the insight and courage to discuss what we need to
discuss, even when we don't want to.
A great story and tribute to your Dad. My dad
has been gone since 2000…but we go on!