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(Date Posted:10/07/2005 06:49:10)
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Dad,It's a year ago today that you left this world for a better place, six weeks to the day and hour after I lost Laura.You gave it your all during those four long months of struggle, trying to overcome that which shouldn't have happened to you, and you fought a courageous battle. It was so hard to let you go, but we knew you had enough.I always knew what a special dad I had in you, and I am extremely thankful for the wonderful, loving relationship we shared. You were a good man, and I was always very proud to call you my dad. You were a wonderful grandfather to Rhiannon, and she misses her Pappy dearly.I am doing what I love for Laura largely because of you, as you encouraged me as a little girl to work hard and chase my dreams, and you were there for me from the get-go of trying to reach Laura, and through the obstacles along the way, you helped me stay focused and on course. It's with a smile and a chuckle that I remember various times saying to you that I was fortunate to be able to work with Laura, and then become a close friend of hers, to which you would reply thatshewas fortunate to have me in her corner.We always loved to talk together, and there have been so many times this past year that I sure could have used your wisdom and advice as I travel along life's journey, but even though you are not here in person, I have alot of conversations to recall, and memories of your guidance given, that help me through.Just as when you were here, I can never listen to Laura's "Self Control," and not think of you, as that was your favorite of hers, and she knew it. How I wish the both of you would have been here for Laura to make good on her promise of dedicating an entire show of hers to you as she spoke to me, and asked me to pass along to you in the hospital. I know she genuinely meant it, just as she did when she gave me all of those encouraging words to say to you along the way, before she left this world ahead of you.I'd like to think that you did get your own special performance from Laura where you are. Last year I lost the both of you, two of the most important people in my life, whom I love very much, but I carry on, surrounded by many wonderful memories, and the love I received from the both of you.Thanks for everything, Dad. You're the best! This world's loss is heaven's gain, and we will be together once again someday, and what a joyous reunion that will be!Love eternal,Kathy
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(Date Posted:10/07/2005 09:04:09)

Kathy,

That's beautiful

I'm bawling even as I'm writting this.

Sounds like you & your father were very close, just as my mother & I were.

Gotta get my box of tissues now.

 

Danny

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(Date Posted:10/07/2005 15:19:45)

Hey Kathy,I knew that the anniversary of your father's passing was very near.I'm still sorry for you lost.It sounds like you both were very close.I still don't know how you did it,you seem to have stayed strong after losing 2 people that you care so much for.Thanks for posting the picture of your father. Always & forever Laura's fan,Carol
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(Date Posted:10/07/2005 21:53:45)

Hi Kathy,

Thank you for sharing that with us. It's very beautiful and touching.My thoughts are with you especially this week.I wish you the best!

Take care.

HUGS

Nathalie

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(Date Posted:10/07/2005 22:45:26)

Kathy--
Your words are eloquent and moving. I wrote privately with you yesterday but would like to add here as well my condolences and wish you strength and love. He looks just as you describe him, a friendly and loving man, distinguished and fun and easy to talk with. That's part of the blessing of having such a closeness with someone, and a reward for enduring the great pain of their passing, is that they never do leave you, and you will never shed a tear without a deep appreciation, and the tears are far outnumbered by the smiles. He is indeed still here as he has left a great deal of himself with you to enrich your memories, warm your heart and guide you through your future. You are forever in his embrace and his gentle, smiling gaze. I have much respect for the bond you shared and much admiration for the way you carry on with the joys and obligations of family and Laura's legacy. We're all fortunate to have you in Laura's corner. It sounds like he got that too.

God bless,
J T
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(Date Posted:10/08/2005 02:28:27)

Beautiful tribute to your Dad Kathy. It is hard to believe that a year has passed. I have tears in my eyes reading the words you wrote. How lucky you were to have each other after losing your Mom so many years ago!!  Dad has truly found a place of honor in heaven with your dear Mom.  Melanie
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(Date Posted:10/08/2005 02:47:23)

Hey Kathy,

Great post and great picture of your father. I know that must still miss your father very much like you do Laura.

Take Care,

Mark

 

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(Date Posted:10/08/2005 04:16:00)

What a beautiful post, Kathy. Your Dad was a handsome man. My Dad died 10 years ago this year and, like you, I had a wonderful relationship with him. How blessed we were ay and what a wonderful and uplifting thought to know that we will see our loved ones again some day.

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(Date Posted:10/08/2005 17:31:16)

As others have said, that was a beautiful -- sad, but wonderfully written -- tribute. I think (and this isn't an exaggeration) you have a knack for writing really touching things, even without really trying.

You know, I remember this time last year, I was still kinda new here. Even though I didn't really know anyone yet, when I read about his declining health, I was still always hoping for you, that he'd pull through. The man was still too young to pass away of natural causes, I thought.

From all I've read, and what you've written on here or told me, he was a great person who must've meant everything to you.

I really hate to think about this for myself and my own parents, but I know it's not preventable. It just puts it all into perspective, and let me tell you, sometimes I wish I could blast myself about 40 years into the past to live permanently, just so I could naturally pass away before (or at least not too long after) they did.

(In other words, let's say I'll die of natural causes in 2070. That would reduce it to 2030)

As things are now, I couldn't imagine living approximately the second half of my life without my loved ones. My parents in particular. You know, I once heard it said that you really REALLY grow up when your parents die. I guess because you're truly "alone" in the world in that regard.

So, just for being able to carry on and stay strong, I commend you for.

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(Date Posted:10/09/2005 02:31:45)

Kathy,

I have been thinking of you alot the last few days, we just returned from my parents ... mom's not doing good at all. We made her arrangements at the funeral home saturday, she sleeps 95% of the day, and is getting harder to awaken. I won't say I know what you're going through, but I do understand the pain of losing a parent. My mom has fought for 3 1/2 years a very hard battle, and as the end draws so close I think of all the people that have shown support, you guys have been the best. My mother has commented several times what a nice group of people you are. Hang in there Kathy!

Terry

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(Date Posted:10/09/2005 02:51:27)

Hey Terry,I'm so sorry to hear about your mother.That is truly sad.But take comfort & know that whenever her times come she will be going to a far better place.I know that Laura's there. this last 3 & 1/2 years had to be hard on you.I have seen 2 uncles suffer from cancer & passed on.It's sure was sad. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling right now.But I know you are hurting.You are in my thoughts & prayers.Always & forever Laura's fan,Carol
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I"m dying inside you see/I"m going out of my mind,out of my mind/I"m just running in circles all the time/Will you take what"s left,will you take what"s left,will you take what"s left of me. "What"s Left of Me" Nick Lachey

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(Date Posted:10/09/2005 03:08:01)

Carol

you're such a sweet and caring person, it does help to know that I have you guys to unload on.

terry

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(Date Posted:10/09/2005 04:09:57)

That was beautiful Kathy!

 

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