Tuesday, August 25

My Dad Update

I wanted to thank everyone so much for your kind words to me, I really appreciate it. I am very relieved that Billy and Heidi both got time off to come for the memorial service. I would be so upset if they weren't able to go so it's a big load off my mind. The last couple of days I've been working on getting an interpreter for my mother and my aunt and I'm also very very relieved that one will be provided. Some relatives still needed to get contacted.

I contacted Gallaudet University because my father wanted (instead of flowers) donations to go there to help Deaf students. So I got that information so Pete could get it printed on envelopes to give out at the service. That part was easy. All people would have to do is send their donation to Gallaudet University, Dept. of Development, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002 and in the memo line say "in memory of Peter Scanlon" and they'll know to put it toward helping Deaf students. :)

My brother's been carrying extremely busy helping my mom make arrangements and staying with her until we can get back down to Maryland. Kristin has one more test (an ultrasound) and then off we go. My brother's really been running himself ragged these past few years. It hasn't been easy.

My dad didn't want a viewing. Truthfully, viewings are kind of gruesome. Rich didn't want one either but I did it anyway for the sake of the family. But I am glad Pete's following through with what my dad wanted. So my dad wanted to be an organ donor and then donate his body to science. So his body won't be at the memorial--it's just an empty shell now anyway. The spirit and soul that was my father is gone.

The pastor will speak and then friends and family can talk about my dad.

That's really a great idea, to me.

I don't know when I'll post again but probably not for at least a week.

"See" you then.


The Whiskers and Purrs Gang said...

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Take care of yourself.

Jenny and the Whiskers and Purrs Gang

Maire said...

I hate viewings; I hate funeral homes. Being from an Irish family, a lot of the wakes are in the home, which is where my mothers was.

Tricia said...

Again I am so sorry. You Father sounds like a kind soul wanting money to go to the deaf in stead of on flowers. He sounds like a very giving man.

I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

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