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  • Eileen
    April 23, 2011 - 21:34

    I can relate exactly to what you are saying, right down to the 17 foot green canoe; except that was my father’s domain. My youngest brother inherited and cherishes the canoe and he shares it with the rest of us each summer. I was fortunate to have five siblings with whom to share the grief and the incredible memories. But I would still love to be able to dial their number and have a chat.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 23, 2011 - 12:55

    One sure indication that I am getting older is the reality that I find myself making more and more trips to funeral homes and Churches, to pay final respects to tfriends and relatives who have passed on. If we are to beable to carry on with our lives, we should need to come to terms with greif not get over it. occasionally we will remember those close to us who have died, and we will grieve again for them, if only for a breif period of time. Finally, greif is an emotion which is felt. Greif defies description. Thanks, Russel for sharing something so obviously up close and personal

  • Ursula Dowler
    April 23, 2011 - 10:44

    An ancient Chinese ruler instructed the monk to write a poem celebrating his son's birthday . The poem goes as such , First the grandfather dies , then the father dies , then the son dies . The ruler was aghast and demanded an explanation . The monk replied that this the NATURAL ORDER of things and what could be better than that . Nothing is more difficult for parents than to have their children die before they do .

    • June Hickey Mollan
      April 23, 2011 - 18:03

      Russell, while I don't always agree with your columns, I understand your parental grief. I lost both parents who were in their late 90's but managed to fly home before their passing. Never the less the grieving stays with a grown kid, they were great parents and I'll miss them to my dying day. My father the Townie married the sweet, loving baygirl. How fortunate for us 7 kids but we still weep for them, it's how it is. It gets better but alas, those wonderful memories give us fodder for sharing when we're all together on Spencer St. Thanks for your sharing today, it's appreciated.