Saturday, March 15, 2008

Time for Healing

My father died March 4, peacefully in his sleep and surrounded by his loved ones. We had a beautiful memorial service for him one week ago, with 150 family and friends in attendance. It still seems so strange that on January 4 he seemed fine, and now 2 months later he’s gone.

As you can imagine, the past month has been extremely stressful. I’m such a regimented person and nothing lately has been routine. I went back to work this week but I’m completely exhausted. I look awful, I feel awful, and I haven’t seen my trainer in 4 weeks. Today I caught up on neglected chores around the house, paid bills, bought groceries, and tried to rest as much as possible.

I’m in detox mode now. My diet is strictly fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts as I’ve got to get my stomach issues back under control. I’m going to go for a long walk before sunset and try to get 7 hours of sleep tonight.

Chase is coming for Sunday dinner tomorrow and I will be trying out some new recipes on him. I’m ready to get back to a normal life as quickly as I can, which definitely includes cooking and blogging!

Thanks to all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts for my family. I will catch up on all of your posts as fast as I can.

30 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Having his family by his side in his final days was surely a comfort to him. You are very much in my thoughts right now. Take care of yourself.

missblueberry said...

I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Take good care of yourself. Peace.

Sanja said...

I'm so sorry about your loss.

Melody Polakow said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Take gentle care of yourself.

Beautiful Frugal Life said...

Diann,
I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Edie

Shay said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Johanna3 said...

we are very sorry, take good care of you.

Liz² said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father... sending love.

laura jesser said...

Sending you best wishes, Diann... Let me know if I can do anything for you. Take care and I'll be thinking of you and praying for you!

Holler said...

I am sorry to hear about your dad Diann, I am glad you had a chance to say goodbye. Make sure you look after yourself. xx

madeinalaska said...

Ohh Diann, I too am so sorry! Hugs to you and Chase.

Judy said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you... <3

stonielove said...

i'm very sorry to hear your father's passing. you are in my thoughts. i hope that detoxing will provide with normalcy and strength you need!

Vegetation said...

I'm so sorry about your Dad. I hope you feel a bit healthier soon. Tummy troubles are awful. Thinking of you.

Veg-a-Nut said...

We have been missing you and will continue to pray for you and your family. I hope you were able to get some much needed rest this weekend. Love ya!

Urban Vegan said...

I'm so sorry, Dianne. My thoughts are with you.

(((hugs)))

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I can only echo the sentiments of the other bloggers in saying how sorry I am for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Please know that you're surrounded by loving friends here in the blogging world.

pleasantly plump vegan said...

i am so sad to hear of the passing of yr dad. i know that must be a devastating loss. i'm glad to hear he had so many people who cared for and loved him.
i'm glad to see you back and can't wait to some of yr food.
<3
Lori

springsandwells said...

Oh Diann,
I'm so sorry. Even though we know that it's coming, death is always such an unsettling shock. And all the routine activities and attitudes dissipate. It takes so much energy to adapt to a new reality, both emotionally and physically. I will be thinking of you and wishing you luck with your transition to a new phase.
Much love,
Amey

Wheeler said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I recently lost my aunt after a 2 year battle with cancer and as sad as it was to lose her it was heartening to see all the love she was surrounded by and how she touched so many people. I find it better to remember the positives even in death. The first few weeks were hell and I'm sure you're going through the same but hang in there. And of course taking care of your body helps take care of your mind. I look forward to seeing some of your new posts.

VeggieGirl said...

Diann, my thoughts are even MORE with you now - just know that your father will be watching over you, and that you have so many experiences and memories to cherish. hang in there.

As for your stomach issues - I have Crohn's Disease, so I can relate to "stomach issues," for sure. I recently adopted a high-raw vegan diet (eating 75%-80% raw, all the time), and it has practically ELIMINATED my symptoms!! no joke!! I do hope that your symptoms clear up.

Mihl said...

I am very sorry! As my fellow bloggers I am thinking of you and sending good thoughts. Please take care.

Monika K said...

Sending much love your way!

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vegan addict said...

My sympathies to you and your family...

And thanks for the kind welcoming comment you posted on my page! You made me smile! I am looking forward to your next food posting.

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Vegan Stiletto said...

My belated condolences, my thoughts are with you.

Jackie said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Sadly it will leave a gap in your life for quite a while.

bazu said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family right now.

funwithyourfood said...

wow, I'd like to say I'm sorry as well... February 8th my grandpa passed. It was not expected, very sudden and I took it very hard as well as my entire family. I'm glad we're both back though...
My thoughts are with you


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