It has been an emotional time. My Dad passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2022. He was buried last Friday, November 11, 2022. Dad had a traditional viewing and a lovely funeral. My brother Paul gave an amazing heartfelt and funny eulogy. There was not a dry eye in the house. When Paul finished, everyone stood up and applauded. He received an impressive standing ovation in a Catholic Church. We had a funeral procession through town with a Mountainside and Westfield Police escort. We left the church, drove through town, went through red lights, and stopped traffic. The procession paraded past the house we all grew up in, and drove through Mindowaskin Park on the way to the Cemetery. It was a spectacular send off. I am sure my Dad loved it!
Saturday, my nieces put together a run to celebrate my Dad. It was so healing. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. It was only 2.25 miles, but I haven’t run that far in years. We ran from my brother’s house, which is the house I grew up in, over to my Mom’s. We high fived Mom and then ran back. My niece was my running partner. She had a baby 6 weeks ago, but she’s in the Army and very tough. We ran at a very slow, a ten minute pace. We were in the back, and lost the pack, but it felt great! I was so happy that I could run that far in my Xero Minimal sneakers without stopping. Afterwards, I stayed for a cup of coffee and a scone. It is interesting how you want sugar at times of emotional stress. It is very soothing in the moment. It is too bad that pecan pie is not good for you. I went home and plunged in the Atlantic Ocean with my friends, the Plungettes, in the afternoon. It was a great day! I will stick to exercise and movement to soothe my soul and stay away from the sugar.
I come from a big family. We will all grieve in our own ways. We will take care of Mom. Her house is very quiet now. I will continue to take care of myself and look for signs of Dad’s Love. I have seen them already. Thomas sees Grandpa in the sky. I know he will be a powerful comforting angel for all of us.
Don’t worry, Dad we will give you a few weeks of Resting in Peace.
I am running with Mom and Dad at the Maple Leaf Half Marathon in Manchester, Vermont.
I love that Dad has a smile on his face!
That was a tough hilly beautiful course.
So sorry Mary. It’s tough to lose a parent. Rick’s mom died peacefully at our house on October 24. It was 20 years and 1 day after his dad died. Sending prayers and hugs to all.
Thanks, Jan. It was nice that you and Rick took care of his Mom. I know it is not easy. My dad’s sister Nancy died November 5, 2015 and was buried November 11, 2015. My Dad died November 5, 2022 and was buried November 11, 2022. All quite amazing.
Elena Fahey Sent from my iPhone
Thanks, Elena. Thank you for plunging with me that day. We will do it again soon:)
What a wonderful pic of the 3 of you, thanks for the inspiration, dedication and LOVE 💕
Thank you , Joyce.
Mary, My condolensces on your father’s passing…..on his passage home. Thank you for sharing your journey. I haven’t read your emails in a long time, and today I did. Thank you for making a difference in my life through your writing. When was this picture taken? How old were your parents? Take care,Andrea
Thank you , Andrea. I think the photo was taken in 1985. My parents were 54 and 55. My Dad was 92 and my Mom is 91. She is walks around her block everyday. She still gets around. Thanks for asking.