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The Circle Of Life


That's my father-in-law Jim with our youngest (and his youngest grandchild) just a few weeks ago, Easter Sunday. This evening he's hours from death in Delaware hospital. My wife is there with her mom and sisters and brother waiting for the end to come. I'm 3 hours away in Virginia with his last 3 grandchildren; thankful to God that they were given some time to spend with their Grandfather before he left this earth.

Update: Jim passed away several hours after this was posted.

PS - Just a quick note of thanks to those who've left kind thoughts and prayers; it's sincerely appreciated. -K


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Comments (41)

My sincerest sympathies, Ke... (Below threshold)

My sincerest sympathies, Kevin. Death comes to us all and I pray for eternal life for your dear father-in-law, and your family.

My condolences to you and M... (Below threshold)

My condolences to you and Mrs. A, Kevin.

My sympathies to you and yo... (Below threshold)

My sympathies to you and your family. Bless you.

My sincerest condolences, K... (Below threshold)

My sincerest condolences, Kevin.

I don't often pray. And whe... (Below threshold)

I don't often pray. And when I do, I often pray for very bad things to happen to very bad people.

Tonight, I pray your grandfather peace.

Be strong when required, an... (Below threshold)

Be strong when required, and remember only the happiness, loce, and good times.

My condolences.

My condolences to your fami... (Below threshold)

My condolences to your family. I wish you strength in this difficult time. Hugs, too.

We went through the same ex... (Below threshold)

We went through the same experience with my Grandmother. We were all able to get together two weeks before she died for her 90th Birthday. It was a celebration of her life.

Kevin, My prayers are with you and your family.

My thoughts are with you an... (Below threshold)

My thoughts are with you and your family during what must be a very difficult time for you all.

"The Circle of Life"...wel... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

"The Circle of Life"...well said. Our thoughts are with you.

My family's thoughts and pr... (Below threshold)

My family's thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. May you all be filled with peace as your father-in-law prepares to enter his Father's loving arms.

God bless Kevin, prayers to... (Below threshold)

God bless Kevin, prayers to you all.

(Handsome little dude, too.)

Many prayers for comfort an... (Below threshold)

Many prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family...concentrate on the good memories and being reunited one day.

I lost 2 of my loved ones o... (Below threshold)

I lost 2 of my loved ones of the older generation within 9 months of each other, so I know how painful it is to lose them; my heart goes out to you and your family.

We send our prayers. God B... (Below threshold)

We send our prayers. God Bless.

Prayers and condolences, Ke... (Below threshold)

Prayers and condolences, Kevin.

My prayers are with you t... (Below threshold)

My prayers are with you tonight, Kevin. God Bless.

When I die, give what is le... (Below threshold)

When I die, give what is left of me to children. If you need to cry, cry for your brothers walking beside you. Put your arms around anyone and give them what you need to give to me. I want to leave you with something, something better than words or sounds. Look for me in the people I have known and loved. And if you cannot live without me, then let me live on in your eyes, your mind and your acts of kindness. Love does not die, people do. So when all that is left of me is love ... give me away.

Chicken Soup For The Soul

Best wishes, Kevin. I lost... (Below threshold)

Best wishes, Kevin. I lost my father last September, so I know what you're going through. You're in my prayers.

My condolences and prayers ... (Below threshold)

My condolences and prayers are with you. God Bless.

Thoughts and prayers to you... (Below threshold)

Thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

PS - Your son is adorable.

Kevin,I have enjoyed... (Below threshold)

I have enjoyed your blog but never left you a comment. I think this is a good time to do so. My prayers are with your wife and her family and you. Keep the faith and remember his legacy through your beautiful kids. I hope God sends his comforting spirit to You and your family...

I just lifted my grandfath... (Below threshold)

I just lifted my grandfather’s casket into the ground this morning. And I did the same for my other grandfather just 28 days ago. So this is fresh in my mind. They both had a major impact on my life.

It looks like I won’t be able to participate directly in the circle, as you describe it. It would take some external intervention to help my wife and I reproduce, and she’s completely against that. So my contribution will be made through my influence on my nieces and nephews.

You have my condolences, and my congratulations.

I'm really sorry, Kevin.</p... (Below threshold)

I'm really sorry, Kevin.


My condolances, sir.... (Below threshold)

My condolances, sir.

Sorry to hear that. It is n... (Below threshold)

Sorry to hear that. It is never an easy thing to go through. My parents are just now reaching that age where the thought of them having an illness or worse is more prevalent in my mind.

That is why the three WunderKids spend so much time with them and why I gave up a good career and moved back to my hometown. I wanted my kids to know my family and my wife’s family.

Again, sorry and you have my condolences.

I am so sorry that you and ... (Below threshold)

I am so sorry that you and your family are facing this Kevin. It is a hard thing to go through. Even harder when you are far away.
My grandmother turned 94 in January and she is not going to be with us much longer. It pulls at hearstrings so badly laeving you feeling so lost.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
Keep the memories alive for your children.

Life is quite frail and Mem... (Below threshold)

Life is quite frail and Memories fade, but Love endures.

I lost all four of my grandparents and one uncle in a 13 month span when I was 6-7 years old. Youngsters have, I think, a better understanding of what death means than many adults, and I'm very thankful that the grandchildren in your family got that time to spend with him. My heart goes out to you and your family, Kevin, and I will fervently pray for peace and comfort for all of you.

My sympathy to you and your... (Below threshold)

My sympathy to you and your wife. It's a difficult thing to face the death of a parent, but having that last chance to say goody-bye helped me alot. Hope it helps your wife, too.

Do not stand at my grave an... (Below threshold)

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle Autumn rain
When you waken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there
I did not die

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My condolences to you and y... (Below threshold)

My condolences to you and yours.

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Kevin, your family is in ou... (Below threshold)

Kevin, your family is in our prayers.

Kevin, thank you for sharin... (Below threshold)

Kevin, thank you for sharing this difficult time with all of us who have gotten to know you through this publication.

I hope and pray that God gives your family peace during your time of loss.

Jim at Alternaview

Condolences, best wishers ... (Below threshold)

Condolences, best wishers and prayers from my family to yours.

Having lost my father last ... (Below threshold)

Having lost my father last year, I'm familiar with what you and your family are going through, especially your wife.

You all have my condolences and prayers.

Kevin my sympathies regardi... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Kevin my sympathies regarding your loss.

You will treasure each and every one of those pictures.

My sympathies and prayers f... (Below threshold)

My sympathies and prayers for you and your family.

Is that the cutest little g... (Below threshold)

Is that the cutest little guy or WHAT????

One is always lucky to have had someone they love long enough to see them into old age. I didn't have that with my father. You have been blessed.

Sincerest sympathy and a pr... (Below threshold)

Sincerest sympathy and a prayer for good memories to wash away the loss...

Kevin, again I'm sorry but ... (Below threshold)

Kevin, again I'm sorry but I have to tell you your kids are absolutely adorable. I know that this one was the baby and he's beautiful.

Remember this: God promised, Jesus promised that one day we would be reunited with the ones we loved. He said we would retain our identities and they'd be there to welcome us. I hope that gives you and your wife and family some relief. You all will see him again, I have no doubt about that.


Cindy, aww...that ... (Below threshold)


aww...that is so sweet and so true. You and Kevin need to read my post today. My Dream. it certainly relates to this post. I have linked it on the trackbacks. I think yall would enjoy it.






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