Thursday, October 29, 2015

Autumn Rose

Autumn's Last Pink Rose 

My parents and my memories of them are very much on my mind this past few weeks. I am the 3rd eldest in the 'cousin' generation. The WWII generation has all passed in our family and after Dad's passing October 5th I found that it is my time to mourn, a time to remember, a time to contemplate. We will be holding a memorial service the first Friday in November and there have been jobs for each of us to help get ready. 

When I picked up Dad's ashes I was very sad while driving home and from the corner of my eye an outlined clear shape of a man was sitting beside me. I answered the unheard with "I love you too Dad". Was that a visitation or a memory?

Dad always said "I love you" and I always answered "I love you too Dad".

Dad phoned about a week before he died. He is deaf and has not been able to hear when I phone him. He was as clear as a bell, he could hear and respond to everything we said, he remembered my families names. He was upbeat. That was the last time we talked. My Dad.

Robert Munch wrote a song/poem for his children who died. He said everyone changes the verse to make it their own. I did.

I’ll love you forever
I’ll like your for always
As Long as I’m living
My Daddy you’ll be.


  1. Joy - I am so sorry I missed the post about your Dad. Sending sweet thoughts your way. It's so sad to lose a Dad - they are irreplaceable.

    Blessings to you.


  2. Joy, losing a Dad is so hard and brings so many memories. I know my Dad has 'visited' me and it brings me comfort. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.


  3. Oh Joy, what a sweet and very tender post. My dad is still mom has been gone for 18 years. My dad is so cute and dear. I know I will be sad when he leaves. I love the little poem, but it did make me cry. Hope you are doing ok.

  4. I am so sorry! You were so blessed to have had a loving dad. I know you know that. I just visited Rob and he was missing him too. Love and prayers for you both from Texas.

  5. My friend has just lost her Dad, I will share the words with her Joy.

  6. Dear Joy ... love the picture of your beautiful rose. What a sweet tribute to your father. It is always so sad to loose loved ones, especially parents, a child or grandchild. Loving relationships are everlasting.
    You will be remembered in my thought and prayers.
    Audrey Z.

  7. Dear Joy I think that the veils between the worlds can be quite thin sometimes and that is was a visit. :)

  8. What a gift you received when your father could hear and share with you and your family. My dad has been gone for almost 22 years and I remember our last conversation like it was yesterday. I'm glad for you that you were able to share those last moments.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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