It has been a very hard, but special day.
Today I said goodbye to my beloved Denis.
He died at 5.10pm tonight. Peacefully, without fanfare, just as he lived.
They say that hearing is the last thing to go.
So loved by so many people. I reminded him of that near the end.
I sang him a lullaby, kissed his cheek and told him "Off you go now". He did.
He was so happy and ready for it to be over.
I am privileged to have been the one there holding his hand at the end.
The last messages I read out to him were from his darling daughters. He asked me to share them with you here.
A Goodbye Letter
Haiku by Alice
Hockey Sticks and Balls
Daddy taught me everything
Goals I have many...
Spelling Must Be Right
Even on a shopping list
CusTURD was the best! (that was Sylvia not me actually!)
Dad's help and coloured paper
Came top of the class.
Hit the fence for four
No this wasn't the ashes
French Cricket, Dad rules!
I was only five
Numbers crunching, brain hurting
Pontoon twenty one!
Midnight wake me up!
Moon is out, the tide is right
Fishing with my Dad
Spiders on the floor
Out of the wood, hairy legs
Daddy put them out!
Running, laughing, stories and fun
Daddy is the word
A pillar of strength
From this life to the next one
You will always be