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09 January 2011

update. so glad to see the end of 2010. [More:]
Thank you for the kind wishes, good thoughts and prayers for my brother. I had planned to go out to LA Christmas Day to see him, but went out a few days early when he had a cancer-related stroke. He rebounded, but was weakening daily. He knew me, and we had a good talk. He came home from the hospital, and died at home, with his wife(of 24 days) and family nearby.

It's shocking because my Mom just died 3 years ago, and my brother is the 1st of my generation to die. We were close, and I will miss his support. He loved skiing on snow and water, reading, talking, and had become a passionate advocate for disabled veterans.

The funeral was deeply touching. I'm so glad I had the chance to be with him, and to be there to support his wife.
My thoughts and condolences are with you, theora.
posted by Stewriffic 09 January | 12:03
Oh, theora55, I'm so sorry. From everything you've said here and earlier, he must have found comfort in the support and love all around him. I'll be thinking of you and yours.

When you're settled in at home and ready for some in-person talking or not-talking, let me know. (We have flu in the house right now, but as soon as it's past, I'd love to lend an ear or a shoulder.)
posted by Elsa 09 January | 12:10
(((((theora55))))) I wish you all the best.
posted by msali 09 January | 12:11
Sending a hug your way.
posted by Ardiril 09 January | 12:35
So incredibly sorry, theora55. *hug*
posted by BoringPostcards 09 January | 12:38
I'm so sorry theora55.
posted by gomichild 09 January | 12:43
I'm very sorry, theora. What a painful loss. Take care of yourself.
posted by mudpuppie 09 January | 13:21
So sorry. Best wishes to you.
posted by TheophileEscargot 09 January | 13:27
I'm so very sorry, theora55.
posted by gaspode 09 January | 13:30
so sorry theora55, we just did this over Xmas with the mister's dad. Best wishes and whuffles
posted by lonefrontranger 09 January | 13:51
I am so sorry and have been thinking about this since you mentioned it several weeks ago. I am glad he was able to pass peacefully at home among those he loved and who loved him. He sounds like a true friend as well as a sibling and I'm happy you had such a strong relationship.
posted by Miko 09 January | 14:12
Deepest condolences. Siblings are the people who know us best, in some ways. It is good that you had that last time together.
posted by readery 09 January | 14:23
Really sorry to hear about that. Condolences.
posted by JanetLand 09 January | 14:42
posted by pjern 09 January | 15:42
I am so sorry for your loss.
posted by Senyar 09 January | 15:51
I am really sorry to hear that. Sending good thoughts and best wishes for you and your family at this difficult time.
posted by Twiggy 09 January | 16:00
:( so sorry. My condolences
posted by Firas 09 January | 16:07
Very sorry :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 09 January | 16:11
So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family.
posted by dg 09 January | 18:13
I'm sorry for your loss, theora. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
posted by deborah 09 January | 18:51
You are bearing up remarkably.
posted by ethylene 09 January | 18:52
Oh, theora. I'm so sorry.
posted by tangerine 09 January | 19:34
theora I am so very sorry for your loss.

posted by Kangaroo 09 January | 20:54
My condolences, theora55.
posted by Atom Eyes 09 January | 21:21
Sending good thoughts and virtual hugs your way.
posted by TooFewShoes 09 January | 21:39
Thank you, everyone.
posted by theora55 09 January | 22:18
Condolences and hugs, theora55. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Rest well.
posted by Hugh Janus 09 January | 23:35
Brothers are special. I know you're grateful that you got to spend some quality time with him. (((theora55)))
posted by toastedbeagle 10 January | 09:44
I'm so sorry, theora55.
posted by rainbaby 10 January | 11:05
[[hugs]] to you.
posted by lysdexic 10 January | 13:32
Theora, I wish things had turned out better, but I'm so glad you could spend time with him. Hugs and best wishes to you and all of his family and friends.
posted by Madamina 10 January | 13:49
Long past time, but thank you all.
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