Yes, it has been quiet on this blog lately. We’ve introduced ourselves before on this blog, so you know this is written by a Perth-based duo. With that, comes the reality of life, and we definitely experienced that this past summer.
Cathy’s dad, Greg, passed away in mid-August following a five-year battle against cancer. The last few months were draining as our family worked together to make our dad as comfortable as possible. But do you know what helped us out throughout this process?
We’re not sharing this story to make you feel sad for us; rather, we want to express our gratitude and outline just how much our community helped us out in our time of need. From neighbours to friends to strangers, we were floored by just how considerate each person was to us this summer. Home-cooked meals were dropped off; we were hugged in grocery stores; the GWM hospital staff made us feel at home; the funeral home staff were amazingly helpful; one family friend even bought me and my sisters lunch when she saw us out together at Gramma’s Lunchbox; and, heck, The Masonry treated us to a glass of wine after learning about an especially hard day. At his wake, we then got to talk to 900 people who helped us better understand just how great of a guy our dad was to them and to us.
Then, this week, the organizers of the Perth Terry Fox Run reached out to our family. Our dad was a big supporter of the Terry Fox Run, and just last year he raised $2,000. To honour him, they’re going to dedicate this year’s run in his name. Again, it’s just another way our community has shown us their support. Our Dad loved this community, and it’s obvious the community loved him right back.
It’s never easy to say good-bye to a loved one, but the transition was made easier thanks to the support of our small town. That’s what Perth does best. Everyone rallies behind you and shows you they feel your pain and loss, and extends their love to you in many different ways.