Today, I want to share the email my sister sent to us the night of the day her husband passed away. I found it so beautiful, a true witness of how our faith can sustain us and help us live! As I indicated in my last blog, Julien was stricken with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 50. He was 57 when he died.
A Sad Day
Well, sad for us, but, Julien is now at peace with the Lord! This morning around 6 a.m., he had a mild seizure, but his pulse went down, he lost color, they tried oxygen, but were not able to revive him. He probably didn't even wake up from his night's sleep! Dr. So called me at 6:45 to tell me, and really let me know how sad he was for us! It was touching! It just felt totally unbelievable! We always knew something like this was possible. He had the one seizure and was on anti-seizure drugs, but, I think he was deteriorating so much that his body was unable to respond - I am just guessing...We may have an autopsy, but, may never know just what gave out!
All the kids, Mo and Sofi and his parents and I went to the hospital to see him and say our goodbyes. He was so still - it was hard. A priest came and blessed him. We spent the day together at our place and Julien's siblings, my brother, Ray and a few friends came over. We could swap stories and remember. Many phone calls - the word is getting out so fast - social media, mostly!
It was his dad and his aunt's 82nd birthday today! His dad feels blessed that he went to heaven on his birthday! You just have to look at the bright side.
I had such a good day with him on Tuesday - he totally recognized me and was so happy to see me - smiled a lot and "talked" a lot! It was a rewarding day and will always stay with me! We all had something we can hang on to and a million memories - all good! We are all drained tonite! I really don't want to rush into anything.
The funeral will be next Friday, March 16 at Our Lady of Fatima church. I have no other details - much to do - all new to me! I am so sorry to bring such sad news! You are all so dear to us and this is very hard for you, especially if you are far away! It's been tough all along, and we were getting ready, but, we just don't know the Lord's timing! He went down so much in the last 5-6 months. Everyone tried so hard to make it better for him. The staff at the hospital were very good. The family were all trying to get there once a week or so. We helped him eat and just stayed with him and tried to connect. Everyone has been so supportive.
It (Alzheimer's) is just an awful disease and it took him way too soon and hard!
We are all going to miss him so much, but feel so blessed to have been part of his life, our lives! He was the best! I love him so! I am just so happy he is done with suffering! He is whole again - re-set -"re-booted"!!! He has his glorious body with the Lord and that gives me joy and peace! It will just be so hard to get used to our new reality! Please call anytime! I will be around...much love to all of you!