Please send our condolences to the family of Maureen Holden. Reading her son Chris's letter to Doug one can feel his pain at not having the gift of time to say what was in his heart to Maureen.
I admire her need to keep the inner feelings of this terrible disease to herself and not burden the family however we all have a need to say goodbye.
When Dave Snyder passed away in 1991 it was very sudden and his children were not prepared, as you can imagine. Father Marc sat them all down in a circle and instructed them to hold hands. He then instructed them to each say out loud what they wish they could have said to their father. It did not soften the pain of the loss but did give them a measure of closure.
Thanks Bob H.