Friday, March 11, 2011
My dear friend, 'Neen ....
Neen is my lovely friend whom I've known for many decades. A little English-born lady 'brought up proper', so to speak, the daughter of a military father and a lovely little old English mother, the epitome of an English lady.
Her Dad, 'The Colonel', had been going through the aging process and slowly deteriorating with Alzheimer's Disease, to a point where placing him in a Nursing Home was required as the family, particularly Neen's aging mother, could not manage him at home - despite heaps of support. Neen's little old Mum remained steadfastly independent, remaining in the family home with family and local community support.
The Colonel's condition worsened early this week and he was hospitalised at Calvary. 'Neen sent me an email to say he was on IV antibiotics and IV morphine. Rhonda and I both recognised that his time was near. He died on Wednesday morning, peacefully.
We are now engaged in propping 'Neen up as supporting friends. It has fallen back on to 'Neen to make all the final arrangements as she has been the principal family carer through all of this.
There will be a service at the crematorium next Wednesday - a Salvation Army and Returned Soldier's League farewell - simple but dignified as her father would have expected. I will be there to give 'Neen a shoulder to cry on (if she needs it!)