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Thursday, September 10, 2009

In his sleep...-

My father departed the morning of September 9th, 2009.

The Hospice nurse said that it was a peaceful passing, and we observed no evidence to the contrary.

Since my mother and I are women possessed of faith, and because this conclusion to the spiral of his End-stage Renal Failure was known, we are doing well.
--We get that odd shudder when we hear things on the TV that he had a strong reaction to, and as we go through his photos for the memorial, later this month. Sitting at the e-mac we recently purchased him, and realising that he won't be coming back, was a bit surreal, but I have a good feeling that he is in the noblest company of his/my ancestors --nomad warrior-poets, generals, mystics, clock-makers, and educators for generations upon generations.

He was Professor Emeritus, French Language instructor; Photojournalist with many shots with his US film idols of that bygone era; and an early adopter of most technologies, and especially those of a film and video nature. He mastered three languages, was fluent in a half-dozen others, and had travelled through much of the Northern/Western hemisphere both on business and pleasure.
--He had been chosen by the UN to teach in an African nation (no longer extant), but immediately prior to his making landfall, the nation in question became a Communist state, prematurely ending that position.

While no angel, I think that the traits I both inherited and learned from him are singularly wonderful, and after a tumultuous relationship with him for most of my life, we were finally reconciled over the past decade.

I believe we shall meet again, in joy.


  1. I, too, am a person of faith and I do believe you will meet again. It is always hardest on those left behind. Cherish your fond memories; I am sure he would want you to be made happy by his life.

  2. Sorry about your loss, but glad to hear you and your mother are doing well or as well as can be expected. Your father sounds like he was an impressive man.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss. It does sound like he lived a full life and that his passing was peaceful is something I think we all wish for; it's heartening to hear that you were able to reconcile past differences.

  4. "I believe we shall meet again, in joy." Peace and hope in the midst of loss and sorrow. Thank you for sharing.

  5. My deepest sympathies for your loss. And yet, there is the future, of meeting together in a more joyful place.

  6. I'm very sorry for your loss. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

  7. My sympathies to you and yours.

    You're suffering. He's doing just fine.

  8. Sorry about your loss Kyrinn, take care.

  9. I hope things are well for you and you will be in my prayers. I look to the day when I can be with those that left before me as well.