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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
Jan 17, 2017 6:22 AM CST
My Father passed away on Sunday Jan 15th.
It was all very quick, took him to the Hospital for what we thought was a reoccurrence of a pesky pneumonia that he had been having trouble with. Turns out is was CHF he was released into Hospice Care brought home and was gone in a week. If you could call a death a good experience it would be my Fathers. Mom and I cared for him with help from the family and Celtic Hospice. It was pretty hard especially for my Mom. But she held in there. My Dad had Dementia the last year or so and although pretty easy to care for it was pretty hard on my 86yr Mom. So I have been in and out of their home a lot. Just in the last month or so staying overnight a couple of nights a week. Thursday he was his regular old self up and down the steps, sitting at the table eating, just a little more fatigued than normal. Friday 2AM he coughed up small spots of red blood, So up I came thinking we were going to Hospital for X-ray and antibiotics. He was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure We had had this diagnoses 2X before once 5 years ago and again 2 years ago. Springing back both times with med changes but this time it was for real. We found out Sunday morning that he was going to be released that afternoon. Mom has a family room with an attached bath that was empty but for an old treadmill.
Julie & friend came and cleaned waited for Hospice to deliver bed and equipment, Jamie & family moved our daybed to Mom's, Josh came in with 2 small tables and a nice comfy chair, Jen showed up with lights, pillows and blankets. By the time he came home we had cozy homey spot set up. For the next week the family came and went, dropping in over lunch hours, after school for dinner bringing food that Mom and I didn't eat. Both DD Jen and DIL Deb did an overnight. Ric and Josh were very sick but even they helped where they could. Ric was able to come up on Thursday and stayed till Monday. We filled that room with stories, laughter, tears and love. Mom and I were with him when he very peacefully slipped away.
Life is Great! Holly
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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Jan 17, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Awww Sweetie with tears in my eyes I send Hugs and love to you and your amazing family. Thank you so much for sharing.
Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
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Seed Starter Butterflies Winter Sowing Ferns Region: Mid-Atlantic Hellebores
Jan 17, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Holly, so sorry about your dad, but glad it was quick and "easy", as that is always a blessing for everyone involved, whether they feel that way or not. Pat's mother passed last spring after years of dementia, and months of very difficult home care at the end.
Earth is a galactic insane asylum where the inmates have been left in charge.
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 17, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Holly, I am so sorry, even knowing it's coming, it is still hard. It sounds like the family made his last week the best that it could be. Peacefully slipping away is perfect. Hugs and prayers for your family and for your Mom.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
Jan 17, 2017 1:24 PM CST
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Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
Jan 17, 2017 3:46 PM CST
Holly, so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting both of your parents a few years ago at one of the plant swaps you held at your house. You really do have an amazing and supportive family. Glad you and all of your children were able to spend time with him in his last week and that it was as comfortable for him as these things go. Many hugs.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Jan 17, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Holly, sad news but you told it with deep affection.
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Jan 17, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I'm so sorry for your loss Group hug
He was lucky to have loving care at home and to pass away peacefully.
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Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
Life is "mind over matter". If I d
Jan 17, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Holly and Rick---
I have tears running down my cheeks (pretty rare!). You all are such a loving bunch of people.

I agree with everyone above, that it was a loving peaceful way to "go".
With his loving family at his bedside. You all are such a nice family...and you have passed that
on to your children and they will to theirs.
All I can say is that you all will be in my thoughts. Safe, loving journey to your dad.

Hugs to all---Gita
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 17, 2017 7:27 PM CST
Very sorry for your loss.
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Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
Jan 17, 2017 8:34 PM CST
I am so sorry.
Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Houseplants Region: Maryland Orchids Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads
Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Spiders! Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Vegetable Grower
Jan 18, 2017 4:52 AM CST

So sorry for your loss, glad to hear you have a wonderful family... Group hug
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
Jan 18, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Thank you everyone. I know quite a few of us have lost loved ones over the past year or so. Peace to us all.
Life is Great! Holly
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 18, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Group hug Group hug You have had amazing support with your family and friends. Obviously, your father was well-loved. Hugs to you during this difficult time.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Jan 18, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Holly, I am very sorry about your dad.
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Name: Donner
Damascus, MD (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Dragonflies Bee Lover
Jan 18, 2017 4:12 PM CST
So sorry for your loss, Holly! It is a comfort that your dad went peacefully with his loving family at his bedside. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Jan 18, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Holly, it's all been said. Ditto. Group hug
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Jan 20, 2017 8:18 AM CST
Group hug Tears for your loss and smiles for the love that shines in your post, Holly, as well as through all the responses on this thread. Group hug
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Dahlias Cut Flowers Zinnias Morning Glories Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Annuals
Bee Lover Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bookworm
Jan 20, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Holly my deepest sympathies to you and your family Group hug Group hug Group hug
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
Feb 5, 2017 8:23 PM CST
OH, Holly I just saw this. Thankful he went peacefully and didn't linger. Hospice is such a wonderful thing. I'm thankful you have a circle of family and friends who love you and are there to comfort you and your family.
HUGS! Dear

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