Sunday, December 28, 2008

To Uncle John, with love


Uncle John died of complications of surgery and life at 4AM this morning. We are, to say the least, mourning the loss of our favorite uncle.



The hospital called yesterday while my brother and I were cleaning up John's house in anticipation of his return home.

They told us his blood pressure was falling and his kidneys shutting down. They were taking him to the cath lab to see if it had something to do with his heart.


Mike and I took off for Billings. The doctors did their best, but there were too many things going wrong at the same time.

Cousin Kay was with him when he passed on. She is the most spiritual person I know and as hard as it was for her, we are very thankful that she was there for him.

He knew, right up until the last few minutes, exactly what was going on and made the choice to accept the pain medications that ended his life.


Uncle John has been a part of nearly every aspect of our lives for as long as I can remember. I really can't imagine life without him.


John's main concern at the end of his life (as it had been since she came to him), was for his beloved dog, Tilley. We will do our best to make her remaining years happy.

25 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I know from experience with my dad that surgery on the old can be difficult to say the least.

Lynne said...

I'm sorry about your uncle John's passing. The pictures of him look so much like my Dad, they took my breath away.

threecollie said...

So sorry, Laurie...what a tragic loss....

Squirl said...

So sorry for your loss, Laurie. He sounded like a wonderful man. I'm glad he your cousin there with him. Hope you can find a good place for his dog. She'll be missing him so much, too.

((HUGS))

ThomasLB said...

I'm so sorry. You are all in my thoughts.

NatureWoman said...

I'm so sad and sorry for you Laurie. And Tilly will miss him, too, but I know you'll take good care of her. {{{HUGS}}}

Ponita said...

Oh, Laurie, I am so sorry about your uncle. Warm hugs to you.

Mary said...

Laurie, gee. I'm so sorry. He was a happy man and I know you will all look after Tilly.

Hugs,
Mary

Cuppa said...

So sorry to hear about your uncle. Heart hugs coming your way.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Give that dog a great big hug for me after you give yourself one.

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WW said...

Of course, Laurie, condolences and hugs for you.

Just remember the special kind -- unique kind -- of love that you gave to him.

You warmed his heart and soul. That will always keep him in good stead.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am so sorry for your uncle's death. You were so hopeful for him coming home.

I am sure you will go on to have your life continually enriched by your memories of him and his affect upon your life.

The dog will miss him, too. Take good care of him.

fingers said...

He was a good man. Was one of my favorite relatives.

Ur-spo said...

I too am saddened by your loss.
Words are lame and useless at this time; only the knowledge you are not alone is comforting.

Ginnie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but perhaps he is in a better place and you have wonderful memories.

Dave said...

I offer my condolences and wish you comfort in this sad time. Your uncle is on another journey and I wish him well and love. To you may you eperience peace and continue to ponder the lessons this man has taught you.

TigerYogiji said...

Hon, I am so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Debra said...

Peace be with you.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

My condolences at the death of your uncle, Laurie.


May you and yours be blessed with much happiness and many joys in 2009!

wd said...

Death is....

Death is when your loved ones must depart
Death is a sharp pain to the heart

Death is a feeling of permanent sadness and pain
Death is when your loved ones have forever gone away

Death is a call to heaven or hell
Death is an eternal mansion or cell

Death is a lesson to learn about
Death is a loss, without a doubt

Death is an unhappy feeling to have
Death is unpleasant on anyone's behalf

Death is something we all will go through
Death is a storm waiting to brew

Death is a lingering crow always overhead
Death is a soul, done being fed

Copyright © Rebekah Johnson (Age 12)

Rebekah Johnson

My thoughts and prayers are with you Laurie ...I'm so sorry about the news ...

>HUGE bear hug< ...b

Gledwood said...

Hi I found your blog by hopping sideways from friends of friend's... and so on

I'm very sorry to hear about your Uncle. All the best from a stranger in London

;->...

have a happy 2009

Cathy said...

Dear Laurie,

I've finally dropped by only to find your heart broken again.

Something about this time of year makes our human lives seem more fragile.

I only know that your Uncle John was blessed to have you in his life.

Wishing you peace and comfort in this new year.

Love,
Cathy

LittlePea said...

My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family Laurie.

BIg HUGS

Q said...

Dear Laurie,
Hugs.
Sweet Tillie.
I miss my Uncle John too. Very, very much. He was a link to my Dad.
His hands were so much like my Father's.
Many blessings.
I so understand this time in your life.
Take extra care of yoru heart.
Namaste,
Sherry