My Dad passed away 16 days ago - October 11, 2018. He was 81 years old. 3 years ago, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He gradually declined over the last few years, and developed advanced dementia earlier this year. His dementia progressed rapidly, and ultimately was responsible for the complications that led to his last days. I was present when he passed which, although very difficult, is something I would never change and will remember for the rest of his life. Telling my father that I love him during his final moments meant everything to me.
Today was his memorial service, and my family nominated me to give the eulogy. I was honored to speak, and hope I made him proud. Watching my Dad over the last three years, from his Parkinson’s diagnosis through his final moments, were some of the hardest times of my life. He was a wonderful soul who didn’t deserve that fate. But as time passes, those last three years are not what I’m going to remember. I’m going to remember all the fun times we had and the memories I shared today.
I love you, Dad.
As We Look Back
By an Unknown Author
As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.