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Yes, my father - who was at home right up until about 24 hours before his death from cancer.

How I dealt with it? I'm not sure I did - it was a long time after he died before I really 'dealt with it' in any meaningful way.

I was with him as much as possible, doing whatever I could for him, and just being together - a lot of just sitting and watching tv or reading in the same room, but I cherish every moment of it. Neither of us were particularly emotionally demonstrative (understatement), but we took the opportunity to verbalize our feelings - I am grateful that I had the chance to tell him that I loved him and how much he meant to me.

That's all you really can do - be there for them. And don't forget about yourself - I would have been a lot better off if I hadn't waited so long to go to grief counselling.

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