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The lake lay Blue, below the hill.

O’er it, as I looked, there flew across the water Cold and still, a bird,

Whose wings were palest blue.

The sky above was blue at last.

The sky beneath me blue in blue A moment, ere the bird had passed.

It caught his image as he flew The lake lay blue below the hill.

I haven’t been blogging these last couple of weeks because Fran, my mother, had to go to the hospital. She had an persistent UTI, which upon further investigation at the University of Alberta Hospital also coincided with a pneumonia. Fran was already suffering from the damage of two previous heart attacks along with atrial fibrillation and diabetes.

On Friday March 5th Fran had just come out of ICU she had stabilized and was in the regular care rooms, my visits on that Friday and Saturday were hopeful as she seemed to have stabilized and was beginning the road to recovery.

Late Sunday night the situation drastically changed. All of her vitals plunged and she was rushed back to ICU. I was not called until early Monday morning. My girlfriend Tara and myself rushed to the ICU where Fran’s doctors outlined the situation and then had the ‘you need to sit-down’ talk.

Fran was barely responding to the highest levels of medicine to keep her blood pressure up and antibiotics to quell the pneumonia and now septic infection that was ravaging her body. Everything that could be done, had been done. Her body was simply overwhelmed and a systemic cascade of organ failure had begun.

Fran was disconnected from life support at 2:55pm, Monday March 8th. She was not conscious or lucid (I don’t think), but I spoke with her, held her hand and told her that she was loved and her pets were safe.

Fran’s vital ceased at 3:00pm. She passed calmly with dignity and in the presence of her family.

Today I awoke and went to the living room.  I sat on the couch and looked out the window.  That’s Fran’s car behind our still winter slept tree.



I could think of nothing to do.  So I put on Mozart’s Requiem in D minor and listened and remembered all I could about my Mom’s life and started to grieve over her passing. Please honour her passing as I did with the last movement, the Communio from the Requiem.  It begins at 41:46 in the video.

Communio – Lux aeterna

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine,
cum sanctis mis in aeternum,
quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis,
cum sanetis tuis in aeternum,
quia plus es.

May eternal light shine on them, O Lord.
with Thy saints for ever, because
Thou art merciful.
Grant the dead eternal rest, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine on them,
with Thy saints for ever,
because Thou are merciful.


Her cat Angel came and sat with me for the entire requiem.  She knew.


  I am lost without words.


(Thus, I am taking a bit of break from blogging.  Know that I have my Tara and my family supporting me through this time.  Thank you all for commemorating with me Fran’s life, it’s the best one can hope for in these Covid times.)

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