If you were thinking of sending flowers to dad's funeral, can I ask you to please read the message below.
Dad was 84 years old when he passed away. For most of his life he enjoyed good health and led an active life. He did yoga every morning, went for morning walks, visited his friends, DIY'ed the house (even when it wasn't needed) and enjoyed visiting all the sights in London with mum, like a tourist. In the last year his health deteriorated and he wasn't able to enjoy life in the same way. But he never gave up and tried to stay as independent as possible.
It was painful for dad and for us as a family to see dad having to cope with so many difficult changes all at the same time, the loss of so many of his friends, not being able to see his friends as often, not being able to go out with mum and not being able to help mum and us the way he always liked to. When dad passed away he took with him all his wisdom, his skills (he could probably build a house with his own hands) and his love and support ( which we relied on more than we knew).
We know these experiences are not unique to our dad and most of us with parents who are aging and who are no longer with us, recognise these difficulties that come with getting older. Dad was very thankful for the support of his family and friends over the last few years. He spoke openly about those who were not as fortunate and having to deal with health and age-related issues on their own. In light of this, we have selected Age UK as a suitable charity that provides a wide range of services to help the elderly during their twilight years. Please contribute to this charity, rather than send flowers.
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