Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Jun 9, 2007 14:50:23 GMT -5
Hi Everyone; Guess I'm feeling like a bit of a wet dishrag right now..I've a lot to share with you so this might be a bit lengthy.
You'll be happy to know Phil really, really looked peaceful. I can't explain it. There was an almost Kind of smile or grin on his face. I swear the man's playing baseball with the angel's! My God; he looked good; handsome actually! I told him he better be there waiting for me.....
I also saw a number of pictures of him over the years on display. Phil was always very slight (just so that you know); even in his youth. You'd never know it though would you? One would have thought he was a "HUGE" man. And; I guess he was.
I wanted to go to the Funeral Home early so that I could bring the binder I did up for his family and friends. It had lovely condolences/messages from you all (in color no less) and from the other boards; some pictures I included, his coat of arms, his avatars, his own personal web page, and I put in a page "COPD in Canada" ....then a large picture of the candle in the glass in the centre; underneath I put "Will Keep the Candle Lit" etc. It felt like I was carrying in gold bullion; I was so HONORED to take your messages on your behalf.
As it turned out it WAS treated like gold. You would not have believed the number of people that were going through it and reading etc.... WE; all of us...did GOOD!
You ALL paid him such a degree of honor. I felt humbled; truly. His family was so very touched.
The floral spray we all sent (from the entire international COPD community) was there and the message written as I had dictated.
His funeral is on Monday; someone has requested that we do a memorial here at that same time as the service. We probably will in some fashion. If I had a video maker and a way to upload I would; but I don't . I'll let you know more later in this matter....
Friends; be pleased and happy for him. He's not struggling anymore and I'd never seen him look this good. Me; I'm not as sad anymore or as afraid as I was before. It's funny; Shawna said that to me yesterday on the phone.... she; like all of us; doesn't want to die; but; she's not afraid anymore.
All is well. With my Love; and thank you for allowing me to be YOUR Ambassador. Jackie NS
You have done us a great great service. I'm so glad that Phil looked peaceful. You did a wonderful job with the display binder. It sounds like everyone there enjoyed looking at it. I'm honoured that you kindly represented all of us. I wish we could have all been there in person. Thank you jackie. He will be missed. You have had a hectic time of it. Please take care of yourself.
Post by morningstar on Jun 9, 2007 15:25:11 GMT -5
I don't have the words to express to you how grateful I am for what you did for Phil and for all of us. We owe you a large debt of gratitude for caring our love to him and now to his beloved family. Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough but will have to do until something better comes about. So from the bottom of my heart. Thank You. My respect for you has grown over the last few weeks you have done yourself proud. And been a great friend to Phil and certainly to all of us COPDer's
It was so fortunate for Phil, his family and the COPD family that you lived so close and they were able to see such a positive effect that Phil had on so many. Not everyone has this opportunity. Thank you for the part you had in it.
I know it has not been easy and please get some rest next week.
Jackie -- Thank you so much for all you have done for a very wonderful person...our beloved friend Phil. In creating and presenting this marvelous book, it gives me the feeling that we were all involved, in some small way, in dedicating this honor to Phil. Thank you again Jackie, from the bottom of my heart. -- Vic