Friday, March 25, 2011

A Beautiful Finish


My dad passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2011 around 2 p.m. It was very intense as he neared his end but it was close to perfect, in my eyes. My brother and my sister and I were all around him, right there with him and talking to him with peaceful loving thoughts right to the last moments. He died very peacefully. Tonight, I'm exhausted and quite numb. I trust that catching up on some sleep will help me regain a balanced perspective. And then, all the family stuff will begin....a sort of grande finale to celebrate his life.

I will use the photo above on his memorial folder. He built this campground as a retirement project about 30 years ago after many years as a beloved physician here in our small town. I made this photograph on the summer solstice, and it's one of my favorites. There are a number of details to take care of next so that the next week or so goes well, but there is a sense of peace and fulfillment in all of us, a feeling of completion. And after all, life does go on....

17 comments:

Anny said...

May he rest in peace. *HUGS*

randomcreative said...

*hugs* I'm so glad that your dad had such a peaceful ending to his life. I know that we will be missed. It's wonderful that you'll always have his campground. Best wishes for all of the family events.

Ann said...

So sorry for your loss. I'm sure that your dad was very comforted surrounded by his family in his final hours. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Nancy said...

Wow. It's an amazing photo- really illustrates the feeling you described quite well. I think it's perfect. I wish you all well with the arrangements, and glad to hear that everything was peaceful. Much love to you and your family.

Grace said...

I am finding words fail me; they seem not enough. Peace.

2 trick pony said...

my thoughts are with you and your family. ♥

Lin said...

Karen, I read his obituary this morning and it was a beautiful tribute to him. Your dad lived an incredible life!

I wish you and your family peace and love during this very difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories of him and that beautiful property that he leaves your community to enjoy. I hope to see it myself someday soon.

Hugs, pally.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

WillOaks Studio said...

Thank you all so much for the kind and encouraging words left for us here! We're deep into all of this now, but I think things are going well and will be updating here in a few days or so! ♥k

Carey Lynn said...

My prayer is with you and your family during this time of loss. There's not much we can give you except kindness and understanding - Carey Lynn

Anna said...

Dear Karen,
I am sorry for your loss, but at the same time happy for you and your family that his passing was peaceful and that you all were there with him.

I was on the other side of the Atlantic when my father breathed his last. My brother called me within 10-15 minutes though, which I am grateful that he did.

What a beautiful photo and tribute to your father.

Best wishes & hugs,
Anna

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

I am so sorry to hear that he passed :(

Just remember, he will always live through you and the campground.

askcherlock said...

Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. No matter when they leave, it is always too soon. These gorgeous surroundings will help bring you peace, I'm sure, as you lovingly remember him. Please take care.

Chrisbeads said...

Sorry for your loss. Memories go on forever.

MAFW said...

I'm sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Karen- I haven't been by your blog in a while. Sorry to hear of your sad times, but glad that things went calmly. He was a handsome man.

Lisa said...

Hi Karen, I'm new to your blog but just wanted to say how this and your previous post touched me. My dad passed away almost a year ago after 3 days in hospice care. I was grateful to have those 3 days to help prepare myself (if you can ever do that) and to say goodbye. I love the photo and title of this post. It's a beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing it with us. My thoughts are with you. Lisa

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