Just an update to all the lovely people who replied to this thread.
Sadly, my Dad passed away at 9.30 this morning. Mum and I were with him and holding his hand when he took his final breath and died.
We received a call at 5.30 this morning to say that his breathing was starting to slow down. We went to the hospital and by about 8.30 his breathing was becoming more and more eratic and his hands were turning blue. The priest arrived unexpectedly at 9.15 to give him the last rites (for the third time!) and whilst he was there we noticed that his face and head were becoming very blotchy and discoloured. The priest finished and left and within a minute or two of him leaving the room Dad turned a very strange waxy colour, took a couple of breaths and passed away. Even though I knew it would feel terrible nothing could have prepared me for the immense feeling of grief that simply overwhelmed both me and my Mum.
Please everyone, raise your virtual glasses (single malt was always his preference ) and join me in a toast to my Dad.
So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It will be a comfort to you that you were there. Thinking of you and your mum now and in the days ahead. I hope your grief will be lightened by the knowledge you supported him so lovingly and that you can reclaim many happy memories from his shared life with you.
Dear Kate, I'm so sorry to hear your dad has passed away...there's a saying "Being prepared doesn't necessarily make it any easier." I#m glad you and your mum could be there with him. He died surrounded by your love and that must have been very comforting to him.
He'll always be with you, and yes, of course you will miss him terribly. May you find a bit of comfort in the happy memories and the knowledge that he is at peace now. Look after yourself too.
My sympathies to you and yours at this sad time.
Dear Kate and your mum,
so sorry to hear of your dad passing away.Its a far far better place that we go to than the one we left.The only thing we regret is leaving the ones we love.take care both of you.love elainex
Dear Kate and Kate's Mum,
Here's to your Dad and your husband. Obviously a wonderful man who inspired the love of two very special women. May he rest in peace and may your memories sustain you in this sad tiime. Loving thoughts to you both.
I have been following this thread and am so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed but hope that you will find some comfort in the fact that his suffering is now at an end and that you and your mum were with him.