I want to thank all of you for your kindness and support. I am really overwhelmed! I had no idea there were so many of you out there, and I really appreciate all your heartfelt comments.
My mother, brother, and I are all doing fine. I kind of feel like we shouldn’t be doing as well as we are, but you can never predict how your emotions are going to react under such peculiar circumstances. I mean, I’ve never had to deal with such a close death before. We had a meeting with the funeral director yesterday, and he basically just spelled out everything we are expected to do. It’s just easier to go along with everything, and who knew that a funeral takes on a life of its own?
Anyway, maybe this is really morbid, but I took that photo of the little quilt in the ER. It was placed on top of my father’s feet. It added some color to an otherwise monochromatic, sterile room, and I thought it was so sweet that they placed it there. My father was unconscious by then, so it’s not like he could appreciate the gesture, but we could. I would like to make similar quilts for us, but you know how long my craft to-do list is! Still, the pattern looks easy enough for even a non-quilter like me to manage.
The memorial service will take place this Friday evening at 7pm at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (SE 34th just off of Powell). I haven’t been to a Buddhist ceremony since I was a kid, so this should be pretty interesting.