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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Now what?

It's Wednesday morning. Dad has been gone for two whole days now, and quite frankly, I'm done everything I can do. The banks have been notified, appointments set to change up the accounts, life insurance company notified and paperwork on it's way, Dad's investment companies notified and paperwork on it's way, lawyer called, obituary written, funeral home arranged (older brother took this task), oxygen supply company notified to come and collect canisters and generator, medical supply house notified to come and collect bed, family and close friends notified...now what do I do?

I am a list person, and I made my lists and crossed things off. Now what?? I guess there's the inevitable packing up of Dad's stuff, but I'll wait on that till Mom is ready for that. There won't be an actual funeral or service, as my Dad very sternly stressed he "didn't want everyone blubbering over him"...too late. But we will honour his wishes. After his cremation, we will take him to a favourite fishing hole from years ago and let him go. My brothers and I are thinking a memorial/wake/get-together (what ever you want to call it) is in order, if for nothing else so everyone can say good-bye. And tell us their favourite story of Dad...trust me, there will be a few! There will be laughter and tears and as much as Dad never wanted to be the center of attention, he will be for a few hours at least.

So, again I ask, now what? I'm going to go over my list to see if I missed anything, and then start organizing. It's a very cool, rainy day here in Calgary today, so it's perfect to focus on cleaning up crap. I've got so much stuff to go through and purge, so I'm just going to pick a corner and get started. Think I'll need sustenance first, so I may head out into the rain for some Starbuck's. Good thing they're close by.

I do want to say thank you for all the kind words and support I've been getting over the last few days. Some of you may only be virtual friends but I am feeling the waves of love all the same. Thank you again.

Later,

2 comments:

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I've been thinking about you lots!! I think what you described here sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your dads life. XO

Tricia said...

*hugs*

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