Give Norm A Proper Memorial
Organized by: Lynda McDougall
**UPDATE** Norm passed away Thursday, April 30th at about 6:30p.m. Any help is tremendously appreciated!
My mother-in-law, Peggy, is completely selfless and helps every one she can in every way she can. She's taken in family countless times, including my sister-in-law and her three kids. This is in spite of the fact that she lives in a tiny, 680 square foot house and at times was scraping by.
She lives with Norm, her companion of twenty five years, and has been his caregiver and advocate for the last eleven years. During this time, he has gotten sicker and sicker. He's been a diabetic most of his life. He's had three major strokes, and now a heart attack this past January has left him completely bedridden. His doctors have placed him in hospice care and he is returning to the home they share to spend his final days.
My children are twelve, eight, and two; they only know Norm as "Pa." To them, he is their grandfather. He spent his better years playing with them and spoiling them with cookies and donuts. Along with taking care of Norm and helping her family, Peggy gladly watched my children for next to nothing while my husband and I worked.
This brings me to the issue at hand. My mother-in-law's only source of income for the last year has been what the state pays her to take care of Norm. Since the beginning of January, he went back and forth between a hospital and a nursing home, and she did not receive any pay. All the money they had has gone to his medical bills, and she has nothing left to even have him cremated.
My mother-in-law will have to give up her home of over twenty years after Norm passes, but my family will open ours to her. Because we have some renovations we will have to make to accommodate her and her dogs, we are not able to give her all the money she needs for Norm's cremation and memorial service. All we are asking for is enough to cover these two things, and please rest assured that any money over what is necessary will go to Peggy to help her get back on her feet. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give her!