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 Post subject: My dad is dying
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and this really sucks. 88 years old. He's been fighting it, but he can't anymore; His body has just had enough. He taught me so much, and I've never thanked enough (tho he'd probably say otherwise). I fly down to Sacramento first thing in the morning to say goodbye.

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Sorry about your dad, Jazz. I don't know what I'd do without mine, thoughts are with you though!

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The hardest thing to do in our lifetime is to say goodbye. Perhaps knowing it's temporary doesn't make it much easier.

May you and your father find peace.

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Sorry to hear, hope he is as comfortable as he can be. Hope that you and he are at peace with each other, with nothing left unsaid. I've done half of this story with my mother and expect it will be happening in the near future with my father. Take care.

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I lost both my parents many years ago. In some ways you never stop missing them, but you learn to move on.

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I will keep you in my thoughts. Peace.

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Sorry man. It is something we all must face and it isn't easy, and it is hard to come up with the proper words to say.

My condolences bro.

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Having just gone through all this -- I will say that it is easier having no regrets.

We spend too much of our lives having to let go of things and people -- but sadly that's part of being human. The good news is you get to hold on to all the best parts of your dad -- because the gifts he gave you remain long after he's gone.

I know that to be true, Kevin, because that's where I'm at right now.

God bless you and your famiy.

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Very well said John.

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Thanks to everyone. I just arrived at his bedside and he won't wake up at thus time. Ive told him I'm here and he reacted for a moment but is basically non-responsive.

John, thank you for your words of encouragement. I have no regrets with my dad. We've had an awesome relationship as father and son.

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My condolences, Jazz. I hope your father has had a full life.

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Thanks to everyone. I just arrived at his bedside and he won't wake up at thus time. Ive told him I'm here and he reacted for a moment but is basically non-responsive.

John, thank you for your words of encouragement. I have no regrets with my dad. We've had an awesome relationship as father and son.


He can hear you Kevin. I promise you.

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So sorry to hear this. It's hard, no matter what the circumstances are.

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Very sorry Jazz.
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Don't know you, but this is obviously a terrible situation to be in.


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I'm glad to hear you have such a good relationship with him. Without a doubt, you made his life better than he could have ever hoped. Sorry to hear you're going through this, my friend.

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My deepest condolences Bro... been there, just before the fire (Mom) The process for old people who don't go quick is like a pendulum with smaller and smaller swings every day. And it really sucks.

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A new update Monday afternoon:

He has had periods of lucidity. But the doc has finally put him on end of life care, so now it's just a matter of time. My emotions are toast, but we have been able to let him know it's ok to go to the other side anytime. Now all we can do i make him comfortable until he passes.

Thank you again for all the words of encouragement and concern.

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Hey Kevin,

Thanks for trusting us for comfort at a difficult time.

I'll ask the same in the future, and stay strong bro.

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The sitting and watching and waiting part is very hard. You just deal with that part your own way.

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What an amazing character my dad has. He is so unexpected. More that 24 hours of unresponsiveness only to wake up and carry on delightful conversations with his kids and grandkids. When he is with us his mind is really there. It is making it hard to say goodbye, even to just go home until tomorrow. Still wanting to be there.

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As someone who didn't make it home on time for a loved one appreciate that you did. I know that is not a comfort at this time but it will be as time goes by. Much second guessing here about what one could have done different and even when the answer is "nothing really" you just end up wishing you could have been there. So while it sucks to lose a loved one there is value in being able to say goodbye in person


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R.I.P Alfred Richard Adam Knight 10/14/1924 to 1/31/2013.
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My condolences. My he rest in peace and may you and your family find peace yourselves.


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My condolences Jazz.

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I'm sorry for your family's loss but i was happy to read that you got to spend some time with him at the end with him awake and able to interact with everyone.

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Hawkstorian wrote:
Congratulations on a life well lived.

Indeed. In fact, that saying. "A life well lived" is going on his memorial stone.

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Cheers to your Pop, Jazz. Yours too, 'Storian. And everybody else who's lost their Dad. My Dad's the most important person in my life and I think probably too frequently about losing him, so these situations really hit me.

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Thank you so much to everyone for you well wishes. Life can be brutal at times. But I am truly rejoicing with him now.

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I'm so happy that you were able to say goodbye to him Jazz. I went through this last year with my Mom and let me tell you, being able to say goodbye made the whole process much easier to handle. Godspeed Mr. Knight.

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Our hearts go with you and your family Jazz. I had a last talk with my Dad just before he died. I say talk because we talked about so many things before we said goodbye.

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RIP to your father. I am very sorry for your loss, but am quite glad you had the opportunity to say goodbye.


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Peace and Love Brother. What a gift to say goodbye like you did. As Jimi Hendrix once wrote...

"The story of life is but a wink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again."

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