Monday, 29 November 2010

Sadness tinged with relief.

After a long, long wait the expected notification came earlier this evening when a phone call confirmed that PJB, one of my three younger brothers, had passed away peacefully and hopefully painlessly in hospital.

Over the past 4 months, his son, my parents and brothers have all waited more in hope, than expectation, that there might be some slim chance that PJB would regain some measure of cognitive response but in my heart I knew this was very unlikely.

Although resigned to the probable outcome the finality of this event may take some time for us all to accept.

What I am sure of is that this is a blessed relief for PJB as much as it is for those close to him.


Sweet dreams my dear brother ..... Remembered in fondness and never to be forgotten.   FAB

32 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. And that's a wonderful photo you posted!

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  2. My condolences, Frank. Although death is expected, it is never easy.

    Hugs from afar,
    Lois

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  3. My sympathies to you and your family Frank ~ You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Hi Frank..That which you feared would happen has become reality, and I want you to know how saddened I am for you and your family..my prayers and thoughts go out to you all!!
    Hugs of comfort my friend!!

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  5. Great shots, love how the robin looks at you ;)

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  6. I’m very sorry for your loss. I’ve lost friends and relatives and know how much it hurts. I realize that the only way I could have avoided the sadness was to never have experienced the joy of knowing those people. When I think of those people now, it’s the happy times that I recall and the memories always brighten my day.

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  7. My dear Frank,
    I am SO sorry that this has happened but I can well understand your sense of relief too. Finally, he is at peace. My thoughts are with you my friend.
    Hugs,
    Joan

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  8. It is never easy to lose someone, even when you expect it. My condolences and thoughts are with you and your family.

    take care,
    Wilma

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  9. Sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your brother. No matter how we look at his end of suffering he will still be missed.

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  10. Frank, very sorry to hear this news my friend.
    My sympathies to you and your family at this time.

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  11. Dear Frank, A very moving tribute to your brother. Your sensitivity in choosing the images shows much emotion.

    My heart goes out to you all, with Christmas on our doorstep it will be a hard journey for those closest to your brother.

    Thinking of you at this time......

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  12. Sad news indeed, Frank. Please accept my condolences.

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  13. I am so sorry for his going away. There are lots of good and happy times to remember him.

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  14. My condolences to you and your family.

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  15. My sincere condolences to you and your family...Thomas

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  16. Frank, after your previous posts about your brother I have waiting for an update. How very sad! I can imagine the mixture of sorrow and relief after knowing all along there was little hope. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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  17. I am so very sorry Frank, however long we wait for the inevitable conclusion it makes the sadness no easier to bear when it does eventually happen. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time...and sending a warm hug.

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  18. Frank, regardless of the circumstances, it remains a crushing blow to lose a loved one. My thoughts are of you and your family as you gain strength from each other and embrace your fondest memories together. ~karen

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  19. Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother Frank, its never easy losing a loved one.Though time is a great healer, and you will have some beautiful memories.

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  20. I'm so terribly sorry for your great loss, Frank. What beautiful bird photos to share in his memory.

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  21. (((HUG))) I know it was expected but it doesn't make it any easier when it finally comes.

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  22. My condolences to you and your family

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  23. So sorry to hear the news of your brother Frank.
    My thoughts with you & family!
    Take care x

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  24. Frank, I am so very sorry, and yet as your beloved brother passed over, now so shall his body find rest, and those left behind can seek comfort from one another in the fondness of the life you all once shared. I had lifted him as well as you all up several times in past months, and I had wondered about the situation. No one ever truly passes, so long as there are those left to remember. You did your best Frank, you all did. Blessings to you and yours~

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  25. Frank, I'm so sorry. Even though it was a blessing, it does not make it any easier in your heart. Deepest condolences...

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  26. Sorry to hear this Frank - although not unexpected it's still not an easy time for you and yours. But memories of happier times are yours to cherish.

    Thinking of you ......

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  27. To all my blogging friends from near and far, far away....

    All your kind words, thoughts, prayers and the 'hugs' are very much appreciated.

    As they say .. life goes on and hopefully I'll have something more cheerful to post very soon.

    One again, many, many thanks. FAB.

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  28. Dear Frank, please accept my condolences on this sad occasion and please take care. I'll say a prayer. Your brother is at peace. Carol

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  29. Our condolences, Frank. Death is never easy, but it can sometimes ease the suffering both of the loved one and the family.

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  30. Frank, I just read of the loss of your loved one tonight. I am so sorry and send my sympathy. Your 2 bird posts are very sweet.

    cindy

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  31. Sorry to hear of this sad news. My condolences.

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