I read lots of very moving posts on this forum and am particularly moved by people who have just lost a loved one to the dreadful disease that is PSP. I lost my own dad 2 years ago almost to the day and I wanted to take the opportunity to share something that gave me great comfort at the time and may bring comfort to others.
When we looked through Dad’s papers after his death we found that he had left my sister and I a letter each “to read after my death”. They read:
I thank GOD
For giving me two such lovely daughters
I am so proud of you both
Mourne me not but rejoice
For my suffering is over
And I am at rest
I’ve danced the streets of heaven
And kissed the faces of GOD and HIS HOLY MOTHER
He had written them on the computer (clever old bugger – must have taken him ages!) and the file was last saved on 11 December 2009, the day before he went into hospital. So he clearly knew his time had come and was happy to spend his final days in hospital. All of these things gave us great comfort.
Dad designed a lovely funeral. We followed his instructions to the letter and I have to admit that “Happiness” by Ken Dodd was actually a lovely song to finish with and had everyone smiling and laughing as Dad wanted. We had a great wake afterwards with lots of drinking and singing. Dad would have loved it!
I tell you all this because, if you have recently lost a loved one like I lost my dad 2 years ago, it may be of some comfort that they are no longer suffering.
With love and best wishes to you all