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

vrijdag 15 april 2011

Margriet is alive with the sound of marching songs.

When I visited Frank today, he was in a tremendously good mood. Esther had brought him some CD's and while she put on the CD of his choice 'Bands of the Parachute Regiment', Frank eagerly read the cover of the album, and all the information inside. It was very clear that he enjoyed this and that it helped him to stay active: for over an hour we listened to various cd's and all the while he read the information and selected what song he wanted to hear next, staying awake and focused. Only after a good half hour did he start to drift off every now and then.

Esther told us that Frank would move to Kalorama on Monday and Frank said he was nervous about it. About eating he said that things were improving 'astonishingly fast'. I was very happy to hear this. If Frank himself recognizes the progress he is making, this will surely help him fight on his difficult battle.
I was somewhat surprised today to see Frank smile. As the right side of his mouth smiled a big smile, the left side of his face remained passive. Only at that point did I realize that I had not seen him smile before. But today, he smiled a lot. Listening to some of his favourite music certainly improved his mood.

It wasn't all sunshine though: at one point Frank seemed to be convinced that Mathieu was visiting him, when he was in fact not there. Out of no where, he said 'Hi Mathieu' and when I asked him why, he stated firmly 'Mathieu is here'. As I explained to Frank that Mathieu was not present, he said he wanted to talk him but gave no further explanation about why he'd thought Mathieu was in the room. He drifted off at this point so I could not question him further on the matter.
Frank also complained of hiccups, feeling a bit ill, and not liking the liquid food. But all in all, he was in a good mood today. He also remembered where the Xena dvd's were, so hopefully we'll be able to find them in his Tardi-..ehhmm, his library now.


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