A Sad Day

It’s the end of my day now. I’ve gone through my reader and done the challenges I enjoy trying to spend a normal Sunday, but my thoughts are all over the place.

We had a panicky phone call this morning around 10 am from our neighbour. Her husband had been taken ill and they were at a hospital some 35 miles away.
We locked up the house and were on the road in fifteen minutes.
We arrived about fifty minutes later and were shown through to a waiting area in A&E.
It was not good news.
Following a massive brain hemorrhage, the three of us were at his bedside when he passed away shortly before midday.

Only yesterday we had heard him laughing in the garden, the day before he was chatty as usual, and now he’s gone. Completely out of the blue, no warning, no reason, could not have been foreseen, it just happened. He was 69.
A week ago, they came back from a week away, having spent an extra couple of days seeing family. By all accounts they had a wonderful time and came back relaxed and content.
A wonderful memory.

I can’t help but think of my Dad 23 years ago. The circumstances were different, but he didn’t die alone, surrounded by those who loved him. My Mum wasn’t alone afterwards and had the support of family.
I am glad our neighbour called us. It was pure luck she had the card we gave them with our contact details as most of the numbers were in her husband’s phone which she couldn’t access.  She didn’t know who else to call, as family are some considerable distance away.
We were there and she wasn’t alone when the inevitable happened.
She doesn’t drive, and we have said we will be here for her when it comes to doing all the running around.
We are available for her whenever she needs us, whatever the time is, she only has to ask.
So much to do.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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40 Responses to A Sad Day

  1. J-Dub says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies. May he rest in peace. Your neighbor is very lucky to have you.

  2. I’m so very sorry to hear this. In my prayers.

  3. Ritu says:

    Oh how sad… my thoughts and prayers are with the family ❤

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I am awfully glad you were home and able to be there for your neighbour. Loss is hard enough without having to go through it alone.

  5. Sadje says:

    Aww, that’s so sad. I am glad that you were there for her. At least he was with his wife and you guys at the end. I would like to end my life with a laugh and a smile like your neighbor.

  6. John Holton says:

    Very sorry for all of you. It’s disconcerting to see something like that, apparently in perfect health one day, gone the next. Your friend is lucky you and your husband are there for her.

    • She was anxious today about all the running around as she doesn’t drive, but we’ve told her not to worry as we’ll take her where she needs to go.

  7. tidalscribe says:

    That was a sad day, -such a shock. Hope her family are soon with her.

  8. TanGental says:

    Goodness, doesn’t life bowl curved balls all the time

  9. joyroses13 says:

    How very sad! Good to know they were able to share a wonderful vacation before this happened,but still sad, you really just never know. Very glad she had you guys to call, what a blessing you were to her and will continue to be! Hugs to you and prayers for her!

  10. wildchild47 says:

    Life is … just so unpredictable … and at the very least, it sounds like his last days were filled with joy and peace, and for as shocking as it is, at least he has been spared any prolonged suffering. And I’m sure your neighbour is most grateful for all of your help, support and care during this difficult, emotional and stressful time. Prayers for you, your neighbour and her family.

  11. So sad! May he Rest In Peace. I would like to have neighbors like you 🌸🌷

  12. I am so sorry. She is lucky to have you as friends.

  13. Oh, prayers! 😪

  14. Ruth says:

    How sad, such a stark example of how fragile our hold on life actually is… 😦

  15. scifihammy says:

    Such a sad event. I am very sorry for your neighbour, as it was so sudden and life will be very different for her now.
    Bless you and your husband for being there for her when she needed it most.

  16. Sorry about your day. But very lucky the neighbor had your number and reached out. And it was nice for you to go to the hospital too. Bless you for your kindness.

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