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Thread: Cathie Clark May 1949-May 2009 RIP

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!

    Cathie Clark May 1949-May 2009 RIP

    This morning about 1:45 Cathie died in my arms. She is no longer feeling the pain that has been tormenting here for the last 20 months. Hospice was so wonderful to Cathie and I. They took such a burden off our shoulders. I called the nurse earlier in the afternoon and she came out to check Cathie out for some new pain she was having. When I went to bed I tried to read for a while but Cathieís breathing became very labored and I gave her what medication I could to help calm her down and just held her until finally relaxed, took her last breath and passed from me and this life. The nurse from Hospice came back to the house filled out all the paperwork, called the doctor, the police, and mortuary for me. I just sat there numb and overwhelmed. While waiting for the mortuary to arrive, the nurse gave Cathie a bath and put her in one of her favorite nightgowns. She looked so pretty, like she was just asleep.

    Itís a little after five in the morning now, the sky is starting to lighten up in the east and it is time to put my head on the pillow and see there is any sleep for me.

    Thank you all for being my support group. You donít know what it has meant to me.

    What goes around, comes around.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Godspeed Cathie

    Royall, words do not suffice, I sit here with tears in my eyes, I cannot fathom what you are going through, I'm going to go give Emiko a big hug, and pray for you and Cathie.

    I'm so very sorry my friend......

    Stuart Ablett
    Tokyo Japan
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    My deepest condolences to you Royall. Your strength, courage, love and dedication were everything Cathie needed in her last days with you. RIP Cathie Clark.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Sorry for your loss Royall,,,
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
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    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    I don't have any words of comfort.. I think at first there isn't any when you lose someone you love. Time will bring some relief, but I don't think the hurt ever fully heals. Like Stu, tears welled up as I read your post. The only thing I can think of is that now Cathie is past her pain and resting in peace... May you also find peace and solice in that.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Royall you have my deepest sympathies. When I first saw your post I could not reply due to the tears in my eyes. What a huge loss. Wish we could all be there to support you. No words are comfort for the grief.
    I am sure you have the support of the whole family here.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA
    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Ancora imparo
    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

  8. #8
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    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts

    Though I don't have a 10,000 post count - and have not been here for years, I like this place, and I like you.

    My heart aches.

    My throat hurts.

    I am dearly sorry for your loss.


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    What can I say, Royall - words just won't suffice.

    My condolences.
    Jim D.

  10. #10
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Royall, my heart goes out for you. I have been thru a very similar experience this week also, so in a way, I understand. Be strong, reflect on the memories, come to us for support in any way you wish, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

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