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Unread 12-05-2007, 06:37 PM   #1
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Hi ladies!

On Monday morning, my neighborhood was inundated with paramedics and ambulances responding to a 911 call from my next-door neighbor's home. Two daughters found their mom Melanie unconscious and not breathing. They weren't able to revive her, and her family was absolutely baffled; she was a totally healthy 44 year old with no medical conditions at all.

They performed an autopsy yesterday and discovered she died from a pulmonary embolism (I think that's right?!?) from blood clots in her lungs. Even if she'd been in the ER when it happened, they said they wouldn't have been able to save her.

The family is just in total shock and disbelief. She was a great mom--totally devoted to her kids (all 4 are older--youngest is around 20--oldest is 25 or so). Jim and Melanie met when they were in high school and have never been apart--he told me tonight he's never been single and doesn't know what he will do without her.

My heart has just been aching for them the past few days and have wanted to do something, *anything* to help take the sting out of this horrible tragedy. I really wondered at first if they would feel awkward receiving cards from strangers, but when I talked to him tonight he told me he thought it was the coolest thing he'd ever heard that people would care that much.

So....if you ladies could do what you do best and flood this family with tons of love, it would be GREATLY appreciated!

Jim Hardin & Family
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I'll get a card out asap. My heart goes out to them.
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I will definitely send a card...last Tuesday my "perfectly healthy" father passed as well...we too were completely baffled and it was again a situation where even if he had been in the hospital, he still would have passed...So I totally know what they are going through...
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I will definitely send a card...last Tuesday my "perfectly healthy" father passed as well...we too were completely baffled and it was again a situation where even if he had been in the hospital, he still would have passed...So I totally know what they are going through...
Rebekah I'm SO Sorry!!! This is such a tough time of year to lose family. My thoughts and prayers are with YOU, too!

Thanks so much for sending a card, even in your time of grief. You're awesome!
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It is the least I could do...the cards that we received (well over 100) were so much comfort...especially those that had stories of my father in them...My mother too is lost without my father...much like your friend. My parents were married for 25 years (his past May) and were inseparable...I keep telling her she will make it through but she has yet to convince herself of that...do any of the children still live at home? My mom has my younger brother at home and I know that helps.
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Rebekah--

Their kids are grown, but their only son still lives at home, so Jim won't be completely alone. Also, his 3 girls live very close by, so that will help too.

Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your whole family!
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Wow, I read your thread when you asked if this was offensive to anyone and had wondered that myself, but so cool for you to find out that Jim will welcome the prayers and good wishes. I am searching for my Thinking about you stamp right now...
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Melanie's funeral service is today, so please keep her family in your prayers.

Thanks ladies for your support!
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Bumpin'--help me out, gals!!
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working on a card for Jim and his family this morning. You are a kind friend to do this for them.
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Melissa,
The card is going in the mail tomorrow morning.
Blessings,
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Thanks so much for sending these out.

Let's keep 'em comin!!!
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Bumpin' for Jim...
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I have a card ready to go, please pm me with the addy
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I have a card ready also, is the address in your original post the one I should send this to? If not, please PM me the address. Kay
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Thanks Sarge and General's Wife--I pm'd you!

A quick update:

Jim stopped by yesterday and brought back dishes from dinner. He told me that the last of the family had flown back home yesterday and he went back to work for the first time since her death.

He's hangin' in there, but like he said, he doesn't have any choice. I think it's going to be a rough holiday season for him and the kids.

Please send a card if you haven't already--I really believe this will lift his spirits so much.
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Monday mornin' bump for Jim and his kids.
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I will get a card in the mail soon. My heart breaks for this family, especially this close to Christmas.
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I will get a card in the mail soon. My heart breaks for this family, especially this close to Christmas.
Thanks SO much MariLynn! I know how much it will mean to Jim!
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Are you still looking for cards for Jim and family? I just found this thread. Sorry to be so late. I can have a card ready for the morning mail.
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