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Old 06-19-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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My friend, age 74, just lost his father who was age 98. He had been married to his sweetheart for 73 years. He died suddenly on Monday, at a belated Father's Day steak dinner, while out with his family. His heart just stopped as he was having dinner. My friend was able to witness for himself that his father had an easy passage from this life. He is grateful that he did not spend his last years in pain or in a fog of disremembering.

I'm posting this for two reasons. One, 'old' is relative. At age 74, my friend, just two weeks earlier, took his 98 father to Florida on a fishing trip. His father had fond memories of fishing as a younger man so they revisited the very spot, rented a condo and hired a fishing boat. Two, we should all have it so good, to slip out of life so easily with loved ones around us after 98 years of harmony and good health. And I guess I should throw in Three, we all could use some loving support around us.

I've no idea what to call this thread.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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I think you called it just right. May we all pass so gracefully.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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My friend, age 74, just lost his father who was age 98. He had been married to his sweetheart for 73 years. He died suddenly on Monday, at a belated Father's Day steak dinner, while out with his family. His heart just stopped as he was having dinner. My friend was able to witness for himself that his father had an easy passage from this life. He is grateful that he did not spend his last years in pain or in a fog of disremembering.

I'm posting this for two reasons. One, 'old' is relative. At age 74, my friend, just two weeks earlier, took his 98 father to Florida on a fishing trip. His father had fond memories of fishing as a younger man so they revisited the very spot, rented a condo and hired a fishing boat. Two, we should all have it so good, to slip out of life so easily with loved ones around us after 98 years of harmony and good health. And I guess I should throw in Three, we all could use some loving support around us.

I've no idea what to call this thread.
My FIL passed about a month ago and did so with his two daughters by his side for the final two weeks. It was a blessing for all.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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My neighbour's father died a couple of weeks ago at 86--he had dementia, but still knew his son's name and was friendly and happy. He was eating dinner, complained of a chest pain, and died 3 minutes later. Couldn't ask for better.
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