Friday, May 16, 2008

My Dad Passed Away Today

I just copied and pasted what I wrote in my Mom's blog tongiht, i don't want to retype it, once is all I can handle:

After posting last nights blog, Dad said to my mom, "Hun, come here." She hurried to him and I listened as he told her he knew what he wanted done at his funeral. He then proceeded to tell her every detail from the hymns, to the speakers, to the Pall Bearers. She wrote it all down and then he settled in for the night; it was well after midnight by this time. I went to bed and I thought Mom was going to bed too, but she just wanted to stay up and be awake in case Kent needed anything. She has lovingly cared for his every need during this journey. A little after 4am, mom came in and shook me and said "hurry go stay with Dad, I need to go get Glen." Glen is not only his son, but he is also his wonderful Doctor. I went to sit with dad and was completely shocked by what I saw, he was breathing rapidly and just couldn't seem to get enough air. His tongue had more than doubled in size. Glen checked him and hurried to his office to get some steroids to see if that would help. By this time he seemed to be slipping fast, all the children were called to hurry over, we really didn't think they would make it in time. Once they were all here the steroid must have kicked in because his breathing quickened again and he was more conscious. They gave him morphine to help with the pain, he had a pretty rough time until about 7:45 when his breathing slowed and finally stopped. My mom told him she loved him, that she would be OK, and that he could go. Upstairs at about the same time his grandson Matthew was blessing his food and asked that Grandpa could go live with Jesus, a few moments later he was gone. He left this life to be with God at 7:47 this morning. As badly as we were all hurting, it was almost a relief when he was finally at rest, he fought so hard, but he was needed more on the other side. He will be missed by all, but we know this separation is but a temporary thing. Please keep our family in your prayers, we appreciate all the love and support. ~Alison

16 comments:

. said...

Alison, my heart goes out to you and your family...of course you will be in our prayers.

Sabra said...

You have a sweet family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing.

bematheson said...

Ali, im so sorry, im glad hes not suffering anymore. you will all be in my prayers let us know if you need anything.

T is for Thompson said...

Oh Alison, I have tears in my eyes for you. We were just at Tanya's mom's funeral in Tuscon this morning and I was thinking how hard it must be to attend your parent's funeral. You will be in our prayers.

The McEwen Family said...

Alison i am so very sorry. My heart aches for you and your family. You are in my prayers. I wish i could give you a big hug!!!

Tina said...

Alison, I am so sorry. Your family will be in my prayers...

Joy Rae said...

Alison, I am so very sad and sorry to hear of this news. I have been reading your mom's blog and she is such an awesome lady. I am thinking of you and your family. We will pray for you.

The Dover Family said...

Alison, Hi, it is me your cousin Elizabeth, I am sorry I found out yesterday by way of Mom's call. I wanted so badly to be at the funeral but it didn't work out for me. My Dad wished he could've jumped a plane and been there too, Aunt Eva I hear wished the same.My last memory of spending time with your parents was when my parents came out for my Graduation from SUU 2006 and we met up with your parents in St George. It was my Mom's birthday we sang Happy birthday to her after eating Mexican. It was a beautiful day and such a nice visit. Someday we will all visit like that again. I am so glad for the gospel and the knowledge we will have that opportunity to be together again. Our family loves you and your family! Your in our prayers. I have a blog set on private. E-mail me your e-mail address and I can invite you. Elizabeth_hutson@hotmail.com.

Amanda said...

Alison, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Let us know if you need anything when you get back.

Harding Family said...

Wow, what a Man, you are much stonger than I could ever be. Remember when we went to see Grandpa John at EA right before he died. I wish I could be there for you like you were for me at the time in my life. Thank goodness for the gospel, how happy that makes me to know you guys will be together again. Let me know if you need anything. God bless you.

Audycamp said...

oh ali..i am so so sorry! My heart breaks for you, your siblings, your Mom. I am glad he is not in pain now and that's probably what is getting you through all of this. I am hearing of many deaths of family and friends each week lately and I think the need must be VERY great on the other side for some stalwart, strong people! Kent must be one of those. Our prayers are with you.

The Dover Family said...

Ali, Hi Again,
I have set everything up to run a Marathon in your Father's Honor.I have already recieved a few donations. This would've made a better personal e-mail but I did not know how to get a hold of your family.

Maybe you could forward this on if you like, here is the message I am e-mailing and posting on my site:

Hello All!

I am raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma society. I am training to participate in the Nike's Women's Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. I have never run a Marathon before but I have been running and cross training faithfully.

It was in April when my mother informed me that my Uncle Kent was diagnosed with Leukemia. He suffered many problems espicially with his lungs he even had to edure a Fungus in his blood. He went through many treatments but the Cancer just kept on attacking despite his attempts to fight it. He passed away May 16th, 2008. Yup, this last Friday night. I want to run in my Uncle Kent's Honor and for those who still are fighting and those who will yet to be sick with a blood cancer. As part of Team In Training we are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Not only adults go through this but all ages even very young children. I can't imagine what it must be like for them to endure this disease. If they can endure this surely I can endure a Marathon in their honor. If you would like to read about my Uncle's journey and fight my Aunt faithfully posted their life day by day. Go to http://kentandsharon.blogspot.com/
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> The most frightening thing to me in commiting myself to this project is that the minimal amount to raise would be 3900 dollars as a goal. It seems to me to be a tall order, it means depending upon my friends, family and collegues for their love and support, asking for finicial support, writing letters, and putting on fund raisers. Then there is the intense physical training and still being a decent Mom and wife while keeping my scruples in place. But after hearing Uncle Kents journey and the thoughts of my cousin Ali and my Aunt Sharon and feeling everything that I do. I really want to give it my all and try.

My dear friends Please please please. Could you donate any amount to help start me off? Donations are tax deductible, and good for the soul.

FYI:If you are part of a or own a company or organization TNT offers rewards:
$500-thank you certificate, right to use TNT materials for promotion
$1000-$500 level plus recognition at kick-off, send -off, link on website
$2500-$1000 level plus logo on race jerseys
$5000-$2500 level plus logo on all race jerseys for 1 year, commemoratative plaque recognizing company's efforts and contributtions.

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely. You will receive a confirmation by email of your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support.

I really appreciate your generosity!You can learn more about my efforts and make a donation by visiting my Web site, I plan on keeping this site current with how my training progresses with pictures to go along with it too:

Thank You so Much!!!
Elizabeth Dover

P.S. Please forward this message as an email to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well!Want to donate or help? Simply go to the link below:http://www.active.com/donate/tntsonv/tntsonvEDover

Jeff and Ang said...

I'm so sorry Alison. I'm glad you could be with your family right now, I hope that will give you some comfort.

Angela said...

Ali, I'm so sad for you. Kent was a great man. It helps to know about the plan of salvation, but I know it it still so hard to say goodbye! Love you tons. Let me know if you need anything.

Bottoms Family said...

You have such a neat family. I'm so glad we have the gospel to help us in times like this. We miss you guys.

Tia said...

Alison, I honestly love you to death and my heart breaks for you and all the pain you are having to go through. Thanks for being such an example to us all you are one of the strongest women out there!