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Some sad news from home

So I was working in the London office yesterday and in the afternoon I received a text from my mum which said "call me asap" - never a good message to get. She was at the hospital where my stepdad had been taken because he was feeling very unwell. He was shaking and clearly not alright in the ambulance on the way there but he was talking and joking with people as was his way. When they got to the hospital he suffered a heart attack but they could not restart his heart.

He was only 60 although he had never lived the healthiest of lifestyles and had been ill for a while, but it was still a bit of a shock. They had been married for 10 years and I think they would both say it was happier than their previous marriages had ever been.

Christmas will be tougher this year, me and my sister have already made plans to have Christmas over here and get mum out of the house, something different, and I quite like cooking Christmas dinner anyway.

Also I started reading The Road yesterday on the train journey to London, great book but entirely too depressing for right now, yeesh.


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Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
my condolences.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear such sad news. It's a good thing your mom has you, she's going to need you.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)

Best advice right now is to make sure you have friends around you for when the shock wears off.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
My condolences, Phil. Good luck with the upcoming holiday. And yeah, The Road is not the book you want to be reading right now.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your and your family's loss, Phil. It's always a shock - look after yourself x
Nov. 22nd, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Very sorry for your mom :(
Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Very sad news. 60 is too young.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for you and your family. And I agree you shouldn't try to read The Road right now, it's a tough emotional ride even in the best of times.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear about your stepfather. It sounds like you and your sister have a good plan for your mother with the holidays. Sometimes the actual holidays are not so hard to get through as there is so much going on - its always in the weeks after in the middle of January that things can get tough so maybe plan something for that period as well.

Whenever I'm sad I always prefer to read somewhat depressing reads and just wallow in it. But do whatever you feels right for you and move onto something entirely different from the Road if you need to.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss Phil.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your loss *hugs*
Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that, Phil :( 60 is far too young.

I think your plan for your mother at Christmas does sound like a good idea, it will be a tough Christmas, but having company will make it less tough.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Condolences to you and your family. Your plans sound like good ones on how to spend the holidays this year.
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