My father was a loving and caring man that made sure that no one ever left the house hungry. He went out of his way to care for the people that he loved. No matter what was going on, he always put his family first and took care of us as best he could.
We moved to America in 1996-97. No one in the family spoke any English but we moved here for a chance at a better future for me. My mom went to community college and I went to elementary school. To put food on the table, my father went to work as a security officer. He often worked 20 hour days, eating crappy chinese food or nothing at all to make sure that more money would go to the family. Understandably he put on a lot of weight which later led to many complications.
He leaves behind a 30 year old son, a 16 year old daughter, and my mom (who lost her mother exactly 40 days before my father passed away) and a 37 year old daughter in Ukraine.
He did not have an easy life but did everything for our family. He did not want to die, he wanted to live, and we did not plan for this to happen. As such, nothing was set aside and no arrangements were made.
As the oldest I have taken on all that is necessary for this unpleasant process.
It is common knowledge that funerals are a financial burden. We are doing our best to cover the expenses but I'm not even sure what to expect.
My father wanted to be with his parents and brother back in Ukraine and my goal is to honor his wishes. Cremation, transportation, and even tickets to Ukraine are not cheap and there's a lot to process. I truly do not know the full scope of the expenses that will be associated with this but my family will appreciate any help they receive.
GoFundMe is a trusted site that works well for such fundraisers and that's why I went with them. But they do take 5% commission +2.9% to paypal +30 cents from each transaction. If you feel like helping and you'd like to bypass all of that middle man stuff, my email is [email redacted] that should work for paypal, venmo, and direct bank transfers in most banks.
We thank you very much and are grateful even if you send kind words.
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