Dad died just before midnight last night. Every end-of-life choice made was his, and knowing that gives Mom, Caitlin, and I a lot of peace. The only sadness (not really a regret, since we did all we could to make this happen), was that Dad could not make it back home to die. He was just too sick.
Because Dad was on a trach, he could not speak in the last days of his life, and his hands were too swollen and weak to be able to type. Despite those limitations, we worked out how to communicate surprisingly well. I let Dad know that I would like to turn his blog into a book. He really liked that idea. Given the size of his blog and the amount of quoted information included herein, this will not be a quick project, but it is one to which I am committed. I have already begun to make inquiries. I told Dad that Barney Carroll seemed to me to be a good person to consult with about this project, and he wholeheartedly agreed. I may post here from time to time as I work on this project. I really want to honor him and serve this community to the best of my ability.
You have meant so very much to my Dad. He’s had this whole new career as a retiree, and I thank all of you for that. I know he’s really made a difference in the field, and I am so proud of him. I am the admin for this blog, so if anyone has a burning need to post something here, please let me know, and I can post it as a main topic with the title “Guest Post: John Doe.”
There will be a large memorial gathering in Atlanta soonish. It won’t be immediate because Dad is so beloved by so many people that we expect a large crowd. We would love to have some of you in that crowd if you are able. This is probably several weeks out, but keep that in mind. We want you to know that you are welcome.
Dad was recently working on a Change.org petition. One favor you could do for him and for us is to read and sign it. I have a feeling you will all love it, and Barney says Dad created the graphic of the two ostriches with their heads in the sand.
So much love to all of you. Abby