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Old 03-15-2014, 09:06 PM   #253
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We are so sorry, Maggie. And we are so glad you got home safely. Thinking of you. Rob and Katie

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Old 03-15-2014, 10:41 PM   #254
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Hi, so sorry to hear about Doug; Happy that you and Lili are safe and at home. This type of situation makes me speechless, or wordless. I have read every post on this thread and this is a huge group of great people.


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Old 03-16-2014, 10:02 AM   #255
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Maggie, I have followed this thread from the beginning and thought about replying many times but just didn't know what to say.I am sorry for your loss but truly inspired for the strength you have shown through this difficult time.

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:25 AM   #256
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Thanks to all of you who read and post and send support.

Lest anyone be concerned that I have dissolved into a puddle somewhere, be assured that I have not.

Hard to get off the phone and email this am, finally did that, brought wood in from out of doors and working on putting things away, setting the house in order.

Wrote a long email to his children this am, as I feel part of my responsibility to Doug is to take care of his children as he would want that done. They needed information on some things, and I needed to lay some words out for their dad.

Going to make myself take Lily to doggie day care on Tuesday, get groceries at Cub foods with the Tuesday senior citizen discount, and coffee at Starbucks....our Tuesday morning routine.

Going to Washington, IA, on Wed, be gone the day. Meeting with the funeral director, picking out a casket and headstone....I think granite....ordering flowers.

Will meet with Doug's mom, sister, pastor and daughter in the afternoon, along the family member who will sing at the funeral and graveside.

Our close friends from MN will be down Fri-Sun, which will be so helpful at the services. College friends, first mine and then both of ours.

Family are close, staying in close contact and taking care of Mom for a they should. I have wonderful, wonderful adult children,

Doing okay, feeling good about putting all of this right for him.

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:43 AM   #257
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I started reading this thread day before yesterday, and am saddened you've lost your best friend. I've been with mine 49 years, come August, and the thought of that happening to me is unbearable.

That said, you have me throughly convinced, that after a brief period of grief, you will be stronger than ever, and totally at peace with yourself.

I can only hope that my best friend (or me) can follow in your footsteps!

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:51 AM   #258
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Originally Posted by doug&maggie View Post

One thing we came to realize some years ago was how quickly a life can be taken. We never passed up an opportunity to express our love to each other, share a kiss, a pat, hold hands, etc., and to be grateful for our life together and this wondrous vagabonding about the country we have loved so much.

You never know when this moment might be your last.

Don't wait to tell those you love how important they are to you, or to do a kindness for someone else simply because you have the opportunity.


That right there is the truth I try to base my whole life around. Best wishes to you in this difficult time, but you sound like a strong woman. I hope I have a chance to meet you around a campfire someday.

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Old 03-16-2014, 12:35 PM   #259
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I saw you have never organized a funeral before. Neither had I when my father died. I was worried I'd screw up something. There were so many details and I didn't want to forget anything. My mother made everything far more difficult—just like she always had. I hope you have no relatives like that—if so, assign another member of the family to take care of them so you can do what you need to—my wife could handle my mother much better than I could.

It was a very simple ceremony. Though heavy with emotion, another challenge were the details and more details to handle outside of that ceremony (bank and investment accounts to retitle, insurance to deal with, how many death certificates will I need?, funeral directors with their hands out for more and more money, what to do with his clothes [that was the hardest part of all of it, a surprise to me], etc.).

What I found out is we all know what to do. We've seen others organize these things and we learn from them without realizing it. At times everything seemed a fog to me and I got pretty tired of all the things I had on my mind, but I just kept going forward and trusted my judgment and it worked out as best it could.

From your writing here, it is obvious you are able to compartmentalize and keep a reasonably clear head as you work your way through this. I would not be surprised to learn you have also spent some very personal time grieving. All (compartmentalizing and grieving) are part of this journey. Maybe women are better prepared for a partner's death. We all know men usually go first.

Thank you for keeping us informed on how you are doing. You are a template for us if in a similar situation.


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Old 03-16-2014, 01:56 PM   #260
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:21 PM   #261
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Put me down as one of your admirers!
Me too. Stay strong Maggie.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:58 PM   #262
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Me too. Stay strong Maggie.

I am as well! When your ready PM me about RVW (Rving Women). We lost my father 10 years ago and my Mother sold their class A and is now in a B+ Born free and still traveling at 76. RVW helped her out a lot and is the reason she is still on the road today. I'm very proud of her and it's a great group!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:35 PM   #263
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We are very sadden by the news of the loss of Doug. We followed your adventures for that last few years and took heed to the advice or opinions Doug offered. He will be missed.
May the Lord comfort you and your family during this time of loss. Your strength has been amazing during this difficult time and we pray for that continued strength for you Maggie.

Deepest Sympathy with continued prayers,
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:36 AM   #264
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A somewhat difficult night, for several reasons, but I feel comforted always by the outpouring of love and support I have received, here and elsewhere. I draw on it in the dark.

I have believed for many years that some people come enter our lives for a specific reason, and that has never been so true as in this last week. I see them, and know they have been a gift to me during this dreadful time.

From GA all the way home, before and since, I have had help, intervention at times, support and comfort.

Doing okay, getting some things done, the adult children have just been amazing.

Thanks to you all.

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Old 03-17-2014, 06:09 AM   #265
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we all love you Maggie and are cheering you on.

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Old 03-17-2014, 06:47 AM   #266
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A Time to Mourn...


I just learned of your loss. I've prayed for the warmth of God to comfort you.

Comforting words from Max Lucado:

Solomon said, "There is a time to mourn!" Give yourself some. Face your grief with tears, time, and one more-face your grief with truth. God has the last word on death. And if you listen, He will tell you the truth about your loved ones. They've been dismissed from the hospital called Earth. You and I still roam the halls, smell the medicines. They meanwhile, inhale springtime.

You miss them like crazy, but can you deny the truth? They have no pain, doubt, or struggle. They really are happier in heaven. Reunion is a splinter of an eternal moment away. I Thessalonians 4:13 says that there is no need for you "to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope."

God understands. He knows the sorrow of a grave. He buried His Son. But He also knows the joy of resurrection. And by His power, you will too.

Maggie, Iím very sorry for your loss.



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