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Taking time to grieve

Posted: December 31, 2009 5:36 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I am sending this letter with the heaviest of heart.

My father passed away on Nov. 10. Since the age of 65 he was battling Alzheimer's, dementia, strokes and seizures.

His last attack that sent him to the hospital was a severe heart attack, stroke and pneumonia. He stayed in the hospital for two months because his lungs were not functioning to capacity.

Finally, my siblings and I had to make the harsh decision to let the doctor's perform a trek.

I say all that to say this: Since my dad's death, society will not just allow the family to get through the grieving process.

When my mother died, I immediately had to go back to work and ended up having a breakdown from not taking the time to grieve.
Since the death of my dad, I can't believe the inhuman side of people who have no compassion. I decided this time since I watched my dad lay there for three hours until the morgue came to pick his body up, and that is an image that I can not get out of my mind.

I am taking the time to go through the five stages of grief. I so wish that society would make a conscious decision to be compassionate to those who have lost loved ones this holiday season. I have no more parents on this earth.

I am sure that I do not stand alone, and for all of those who have lost someone this holiday season my prayers are with you and I hope that your friends, family, co-workers, etc., will allow you time to breathe and go through the whole grieving process.


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