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Galen – Slideshow

on October 12th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Here is the slideshow that I put together for the “Remembering Galen” potluck supper. It will give you a glimpse into his amazing life. I missed a lot of events, travels and projects and the photos for a big part of his life are hidden away as slides (waiting to be digitized). If you were [...]

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Remembering Galen

on September 27th, 2017 by Rebeccca

We had talked about a funeral – Galen said he really didn’t care what we did. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do anything. At the time it seemed like a decision I wouldn’t have to make right away. Since then, friends have suggested that it is important to them to have a chance to [...]

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Room Blessing

on September 21st, 2017 by Rebeccca

The Mennonite Nursing Home here in Rosthern does a couple of things to make the passing of a loved one a little easier for the family members. When we arrived back to “Galen’s room” on Wednesday morning, the bed had a white covering over it with a white rose and a card for us. Then [...]

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He’s Flown

on September 20th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Galen died at about 6:30 yesterday evening. His breathing was becoming more shallow and his body was showing the signs of dying. I decided that I didn’t want to remove his wedding ring from a cold body, so I asked him permission to take it and wear it. I thanked him for the years we [...]

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Taking Flight

on September 19th, 2017 by Rebeccca

When we drove here to the nursing home one week ago, a bald eagle landed in the tree just ahead of us. I was wondering about the symbolism of that, so I googled it: “When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, [...]

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Crushed Ice and Mouth Swabs

on September 19th, 2017 by Rebeccca

What’s on the menu? A few weeks ago, when Galen could still talk, he would fantasize on what he wanted to eat. A big steak, a baked potato with lots of sour cream, a perfect corn on the cob. Now he can barely whisper so I can’t quite figure out what he might want. And [...]

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The Slippery Slope

on September 16th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Galen has been going downhill so fast I’m not sure what to post. About a week ago he began to have trouble lifting his right arm. For the last couple of days, he has had trouble speaking. Too weak to get the words out. He is still nauseated, in spite of getting a new nausea [...]

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It’s the Peanut Butter

on September 15th, 2017 by Rebeccca

We’ve had an angel with us the last couple of days. He came Tuesday evening and left Friday afternoon. We didn’t realize he was an angel when he used to come spend time with us in the summer at Wood Hill when he was a child. Or when he lived with us one year in [...]

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“Waiting for a Miracle”

on September 12th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Last week the song running through my head was “One Day at a Time.” The last few days it has switched to “Waiting for a Miracle” (see lyrics below). Since last Thursday, Galen has become weaker and weaker. I blame it on his out-of-balance sodium levels. Which is probably true, but then there is also [...]

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Rearranging the Furniture, Part II

on September 7th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Who would have thought one could write two blog posts on rearranging the furniture? Today some friends dropped in for a visit and I took advantage of the extra help to do a little tweaking of the furniture arrangement. Now, as I finished sorting through all the magazines that had been stacked on a lower [...]

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