I want to sincerely thank all of you for all your help, guidance and comfort through a very hard and sad time for both my daughter, Michelle, and me.
Losing someone quickly, who we deeply loved and who meant so much in our lives was like having the rug pulled from under us, leaving us with not only an overwhelming feeling of loss and sorrow, but also a feeling of befuddlement.
When I first went in and spoke with Jennifer, I admit I was in a partial haze just learning the night before my husband, Tom, only had a matter of days to live. Jennifer was kind and compassionate. She gave me information she felt would help me with the very hard but necessary decisions that she knew I would have to shortly make. She never pressed me to make any decisions at that time. She just let me know she would be there when we needed her.
Sadly, Tom passed away that very evening. Michelle's and my grief was deep and overwhelming.
When we went to see Jennifer the next day, her kind and gentle manner was a great comfort to us. She slowly walked us through the process and listened to us. We were also able to meet Paul that day. As a team, they made an extremely difficult situation very easy to maneuver through, never rushing us...just listening and guiding. Michelle and I found ourselves even smiling and laughing at times as we recalled fond memories. Listening to our memories, Jennifer and Paul encouraged us to bring whatever mementoes we wanted displayed during the visitation.
On the day of Tom's visitation, the thought of first entering the room and seeing our beloved husband and father lying dead in a casket scared both Michelle and me. However, when we were led into the room, we were greeted with joy and happiness. Not only did Tom look peacefully wonderful, his mementoes were displayed beautifully...celebrating his life, which is exactly what Michelle and I both wanted.
Thank you all, Jennifer, Paul, Deborah and Sharon, again, for your kindness, help and comfort. Because of all of you, the memory of Tom's visitation is a memory of celebration...happy and joyful.
God Bless all of you!