Friday, June 4, 2010

Farewell to My Father

(My parents, Stephanie and David-Taiwan ,07)
I'm writing this with a heavy heavy heart to inform you that my father passed away in the early hour of June 1st (Taiwan time).
He was battling Parkinson's and Diabetes and has been suffering a great deal over the last half year. My father had been such a kind and humorous person and shared the love of languages with me. He instilled me the love of learning and showed me the kindness and thoughtfulness in his characters. He made me who I am today. I'm profoundly saddened by this. He was 82.
Over the last few days I have been making phone calls and changing my flights to return to Taiwan for the funeral that will take place on the 13th. My original plan was to visit him and family with my son David on the 30th. The flights on the 30th were booked and confirmed. Now I'm so sad that he departed already...
 I will be absent from my blog for most of June. And if there are any updates, I will try to catch up as much as possible upon my return. Sorry that I will not be able to comment like I normally do.
(Stephanie, my older sister, David and my father, 07)
I will be off to Taiwan from June 11th till the 19th to attend the funeral.  The flowers photos taken by my DD Stephanie came from my dear friend Karen who had it delivered to my doorstep as soon as she found out the sad news. They brought me much needed comfort! I appreciate your support and all of your e-mails during this most difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

47 comments:

Myrto said...

Please accept my deepest condolences.
You had some full weeks lately and now this. Joy and sorrow go hand in hand in life.

Be brave for yourself and for your family.

Myrto

Jane said...

I'm so sorry! My father passed away when I was 22 and having gone through this I still can't find the right words....you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh sweetie... Big hugs to you and your family.. So so sad to lose your father. And, yes, I am another daughter who lost her Daddy.
xo
Peace be with you all.

Barb said...

Virginia, I am thinking about you everyday. I know that the memory of your father will live on through you and your children. Always keep him close to your hearts. Take care of yourself. Big hugs to you.

Sarah said...

Big hugs, Virginia! Thinking of you often and keeping you in my prayers.

AnitaRex said...

Virginia I am so sorry to read this. I am so sorry that you weren't able to make it to your dad. When my mother went to see her sister she died while my mom was on the plane going to see her, it was so disappointing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you will have a safe and trouble free journey to Taiwan. Don't worry about your blog and commenting, life comes first.

Joanne Jay said...

I am so sorry for your sorrow. May you find peace and comfort. I too lost my dad, aged 59 when I was 24. It is never a good time. Thank God you have all those good memories forever.

Patricia said...

I'm so sorry for you.Kisses.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Virginia, I'm so sorry. I've been thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Sending hugs.

Nicole said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Sending lots of healing thoughts your way.

judkajudi said...

OH, Virginia, I am so sorry! Know that you are in my heart and in my prayers! Our time with our loved ones is never enough. I wish you safe travels and a peaceful heart. Hugs, Judy

Laural-Lee said...

Oh Virginia, I am so sad to hear of your loss. He sounds like a lovely man. I am even more disappointed that you didn't get the chance to spend that time with him before he went. I am thankful though that his suffering has ended and that your family can find some peace with that. Hugs to you and your family. Safe travels.

Tammy said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Virginia. I wish you a safe trip and pray you find comfort with your family in Taiwan.

Dawn said...

Virginia... my heartfelt wishes to your family. It is very sad you didn't get to say goodbye properly. But know we are all wishing you well for the trip and may you find peace with your family in Taiwan. Take care my dear.

Linda aka Oz said...

I am so saddened by this news V. I send strength and love. Please take some solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering from ills. Linda aka Oz

Nat said...

Virginia, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs,
Natalie.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I am so sorry for your loss! I will think a lot of positive and comforting thoughts as you and your family go through this difficult time.

BabyBokChoy said...

Once again, so so so sorry to hear your loss. May you find some peace and comfort in this very tough time.

vera rhuhay said...

I'm so sorry for your loss,Virginia....
My thought and prayers are with you and your family...have a safe trip and take care
hugs to you,

Tiffany said...

Hugs and lots of prayers and good thoughts go out to you and your family! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your dad and the family! Take care and we'll talk when you get back!

Jenyfur said...

I'm so sorry, Virginia...thinking about you and your family.

marianagrigsby said...

I am so sorry about your loss, Virginia. I will keep you in my thoughts, and I will pray for you and your family. Big hugs for you. Take care.

Karen from MI said...

Oh Virginia, your Dad is SO HANDSOME! I should have known that HE was the driving force behind the person that you are today! I wish I could have met him, but I feel that I already have.......through YOU! My heart is heavy for you and your family. Thank you for sharing the flower photos. Stephanie did a lovely job taking them. I will miss you, sweet friend, but you will be close in thoughts and of course my prayersl I know how much your Dad must have adored you, you're a real gem. Love, Karen xoxo

Linda said...

so sorry for your loss. take good care ofyourself and I hope youre able to smile again soon my lovely :) *hugs*

Fika said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Virginia.. My thought and prayer be with you and your family.. And I believe he will now rest in peace and not suffering again. May God bless you and your family. Have a safe trip V, take care my friend!

scrappin.bari said...

Oh Virginia - such lovely photos of your parents with the kids! So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow! Hugs, Linda W.

donna mikasa said...

(((((Hug)))))

ivy said...

sorry to hear about your dad and you not being able to visit before his passing. may you find strength in your family and friends. will be thinking of you these next few weeks....
[BTW, your dad reminds me of mine...will have to share a pic w/ you later]
hugs to you.......

Dotty Jo said...

Dear Virginia, so sorry to hear about your loss. Your Father sounds like a wonderful man. Sending love to you and your family at this sad time. Jo x

Godelieve said...

So sorry for your loss.

Neva said...

Virginia, please know that my heart is saddened for you as you go through this trying time. May God give you peace of mind and may you always cherish the memories you have of your father.

GrammySue's Creations said...

Virginia, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you comfort. I will pray for you often. You take care and God bless. Hugs to you.

Judy1223 said...

Virginia, please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. How blessed you all were to have your father in your lives for so long...he was obviously influencial in the lives of so many! That is how he will live on...and he must have been so proud of you, your sibling(s) and his grandchildren! I will say a prayer for your father that he now rests happily and I will pray for you and your family to receive peace, comfort and strength in this difficult time.

Trinh said...

Virginia, I will be thinking of you and your family often during this difficult time. Hugs to you!

Monika Reeck said...

Virginia...I will thinking of you and your family too during this sad and difficult time.....I can imagine if it is my Papa...ooh dear...hugs from Muenchen... :(

Isha said...

I am so sorry Virginia. Try to be strong for your mother. I am thinking about you.
Hugs

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

Blessing to you I pray for you & your family for comfort and peace in knowing he is no longer suffering from his ailments. Take joy in the memories you two created together. :-)

Sanne said...

Ohhh dear Virginia. I´m so sorry to hear this. I have lost both my parents and it is so sad. Remember all the great memories and carry them in your heart allways.
Hugs and Thoughts Sanne

NinaB said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Virginia. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Dwita said...

Virginia, I'm very sorry to hear this very sad news. I lost my Pa 17 years ago... And it's hard to bear it, as we had many things in common.Let the memories of your father be in your mind and comfort you all..... God bless you.

Jenny said...

Big hugs to you sweetie... you take care of yourself. So sorry for your loss. God bless and have a safe trip.

Tiffany said...

Virginia, I'm truly sorry for loss. Please have a safe trip and cherish the time with you family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Louise said...

So vey sorry for you loss Virginia... have a safe trip and take care! Sending hugs and prayers.

Louise C.

Jill said...

Virginia, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort and peace in the coming days. HUGS!

Simone said...

Oh Virginia, I am so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and I hope you have a safe trip back to Taiwan. Just fill your mind with beautiful memories of your dad and take care of yourself. Sending you lots of hugs
Simone
xoxo

Nancy L. said...

so sorry to hear about your Father!

alexandra s.m. said...

Dear Virginia,

I am so very deeply sorry for your loss, no word can ease the pain you must be feeling.
I'm keeping you in my prayers.
Take good care of yourself ~

xox