Continuing the cards and letters sent following my Dad's death, April 7th, 2006:
Words are meaningless when your heart is burdened with grief. Although you knew Bill's health was failing and there was no hope of recovery, his death came as a shock to all who loved him. There is a great void in the family and among his friends that will never be filled. It was wonderful that he could remain at home during his illness.
Sylvia, no wife in the world has been more dedicated or devoted to a husband than you. I know that Bill returned the love in equal measure. You were there for him night and day -- always putting his welfare and needs ahead of your own. You are indeed a rare and wonderful lady -- a true tower of strength. Always remember that.
Nothing can take from you and the children the wealth of memories and the experiences that you and Bill shared for many years. His life will be forever reflected in your heart. I hope that these recollections will help to make your sorrow easier to bear and they will be a comfort to you in the day and months ahead.
Know that your sisters are thinking about you and your family. We all send our love and deepest sympathy to you at this sad and difficult time. Whenever you feel comfortable returning to our group meetings and events, we will welcome you with loving arms.
My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you.
With much love and deepest sympathy,