Strong to the end

My father passed away on Monday after a rapid onset of PSP. His diagnosis was never certain, but his decline since May 2014 has been as cruel as it was rapid. Despite the terrible affects of the disease, Dad stayed mainly cheerful, never lost his sense of humour, remained calm in the face of increasing loss of dignity & continued to touch people with his generosity of spirit even as his ability to show facial reaction & to speak failed. To the end he was a strong and stubborn man; he decided last week to stop eating & drinking. He died peacefully, surrounded by love, 5 days later. Although I feel relief he is no longer suffering, I miss him enormously.

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  • I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Sending you thoughts of comfort and peace - as we all have to face this day after watching our loved one suffering like this. He was lucky to have your love to help him. Take good care of yourself now too. xxx

  • Sorry for your loss, but he is out of his misery now .It was good he was still cheerfull, my sister is so unhappy although she can't talk anymore and has no facial expression she is also totally dependant for everything. The pas few days it has been difficult to feed her as half way through the meal she just won't open her mouth and the liquid just runs back out her mouth, I think she might be giving up. Look after yourself.

  • I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. Take care of yourself too. x

  • My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs.

    Lots of love


  • What a lovely man! And how fortunate he was to have you looking after him. I'll be thinking about you.


  • hi

    ia m so sorry that your father has,gone fm this world but a least he was surrounded by love as you say

    good for u f or looking after him!

    it must be difficult for you at the moment but think back to hap pier days with him when he wa soK IF YOU CNA DO THAT



  • Condolences abicat, my thoughts are with you. I hope happy memories of your Dad will help you and your family get through this difficult time. Remember we are all here for you xx

  • May your dad have passed on his character to you...remember this is a voyage and not a destination ,your dad was his own captain ,not a trait often seen.,I also know what a loss it is to you,love Rollie

  • So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was lucky to have you caring for him. Although you will always miss him terribly, remember all the lovely times that you shared.


  • I am saddened to hear about the loss your father but glad to hear that you were there for him. We can never be prepared for the loss of a dear person so surely it is even harder when it comes to losing a beloved father, it comes as a swift wind. I know what you are going through is difficult as I am going through it as well but we can only take comfort in knowing that our fathers are not suffering anymore. They will remain forever in our memories. May god grant us the needed strength for bearing their loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Bless you and your family as you deal with the loss of your father. He is at peace now and for that we can all be thankful. Jimbo

  • He obviously made the decision that 'enough is enough' and was so lucky to have been surrounded by the people who loved him at the end. A strong and brave man.

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