Thousend times thanks!

To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,

On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther

Foto's Frank

woensdag 13 april 2011

Jane at War has arrived.......

Today Rense and I went to Frank's appartment and thanks to Renses search talents we found two dvd's and the stripbook Jane at War. My mother brought this morning a reading standard (handmade by my late father) and those put together really pleased Frank.
Yesterday I recieved a phonecall from the nursing home Kalorama that they have a room for Frank on short notice (perhaps already next week). So he's going to be transferred again to a more permanent setting. I'll poste the date as soon as I know.
The ward is named "Kastanjedal" and is on the first floor above the main entrance from nursing home Kalorama
The adres is
Verelleeghuis Kalorama
Postbus 85, 6573 ZH Beek-Ubbergen
Or visiting adres
Nieuwe Holleweg 12, 6573 DX Beek-Ubbergen
Telefoon: (024) 684 77 77

Furthermore Frank wanted to talk to his sister Marieke and so I just made a phonecall, held the cellphone to his ear with the speaker on and it worked. Marieke read Frank a few emails from his mates from the africa-zulu battlefield tour and that was very good for him to hear. There was a special mail from a south african guide (I forgot his name) who nicknamed Frank grashopper, because he always jumps and who hoped he would jump again. It's so heartwarming to hear, read and see all this attention for Frank and believe us, he's very moved and touched by it.

So for today, we hope that Jane at War will give Frank an extra dose of fighting spirit, we mobilise anything we can find, real life-, virtual-, audio-, paper- filmpersons, you name it, it doesn't matter as long as it helps Frank on his quest.


2 opmerkingen:

  1. The mouse that Roared...

    Todays visit to Frank was a quit one. Not every day can be one of exitement and new developments, sometimes developments need time to work out. Well, this was one of these days.

    This visit did bring back memories of a film that is particular fond in Franks mind, a file by Peter Sellers, "The mouse that Roared". The duchy of Grand Fenwick, somewhere in a not specified european area, is slowly sliding away and need some attention and support from the outside world. And Frank can tell you, in his own particular style, how this is done. First you attack the outside world and then you surrender and you get all the help you need, such as a Marshall plan.

    Well, that is the plan, but as anyone knows: a plan is as good as its first contact with reality! The duchy of Grand Fenwick attaced the evil outside world... and won! There was a bomb involved, as in any good film by Peter Sellers.

    What has this to do with Frank and my last visit? I hear you ask. He was awake, as usual for the last few days I'm happy to say. Watching television, but not much interested in it. His attention was, more or less, sliding away. On the other hand, he was *verry much* interested in several email messages that were read out loud to him via phone by his sister. And he wanted to be read out loud from the notebook for visitors.

    It was Frank all right, but not exacly... He clearly enjoyed the emails. But it was Frank in an off day. The direct messages were like the bomb for Grand Fenwick. Frank is craving for attention from the outside world. Just reading an email to him helps as is reading the guestbook .

    Please send Frank a postcard and let him read your attention first hand.

  2. Hallo Allemaal,
    Wat vreselijk om het nieuws over Frank te horen. Ondanks dat ik niet heel close met hem ben, greep het me toch erg aan.

    Een kaartje voor Frank gaat vanavond op de bus, ik kom binnenkort een keer langs (misschien wel in Kalorama, als dat snel geregeld kan worden). Met of zonder gezin, dat overleg ik nog wel even, hangt er vanaf wat Frank aankan.

    Veel complimenten ook voor de zussen en vrienden van Frank die in zo een korte tijd dit Blog uit de grond hebben gestampt en iedereen op de hoogte houden van de ontwikkelingen.

    Met groet,