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Flight #134

Sister To Visit Brother In Hospice

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Complete

Flights of Compassion Required: 1

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 25,000

Points Raised: 25,000

Points to go: 0

The trip would mean so much to me.  A dream come true to fly out to Calgary to see my dying brother.

I grew up in foster care knowing I had some siblings also in the system.  Later during my research to find my parents in their eighties, and siblings, I found I had many more then I knew of.

I found Clyde in 1987.  I first exchanged a letter on tape to introduce myself, and was able to fly out that same year to Calgary to meet him.  We instantly had a connection.  We couldn’t help ourselves glancing at each other, overwhelmed with joy, smiling, and talking for hours.  The years following we kept in touch by email and phone calls.  We only had a few visits in person, due to the cost of travel within Canada.

Receiving the call from my nephew Friday night about Clyde’s decline in health, and move to a hospice facility made my heart sink and fall to tears.  We spoke on the phone that night for only a short time, reminiscing of past visits and experiences, and cried over the moments we both know will never be.  Its the special memories we shared that I will always hold close to my heart.

Time has passed by so fast.  I have been caring full time for my husband the last three years.  A failing heart, kidneys and alzhimers, required 24hour care.  But life has taken such a turn within one weekend.  My husband passed away Monday afternoon, January 18th, in the comfort of our home.  This whirlwind of life has left me devastated. 

It would mean the world to me to see my brother one last time, to close our chapter.  He writes my children even now, asking them to take care of me.  I would give anything to say goodbye, and tell him I will be okay.  I just hope it is not too late.