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Keith Briere's Funeral Expenses

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On the morning of Monday, November 6th, my father, Keith Briere, had a stroke. We still don't know the details of what happened, since my mother didn't find out he was in the hospital until that evening. By then he'd been transported from NH to the Neurology ICU in Massachusetts General Hospital.  He had a hemorrhage on the left side of his brain, leaving his right side immobile. The first day he was awake and responding, making faces at my mother and trying to leave. The next day he changed significantly. He stopped responding and didn’t seem to wake up at all. It was discovered that the bleeding was causing swelling in his brain. They performed surgery to remove the blood and relieve that pressure. He’s been kept sedated since then. Since the stroke, he’s been having seizures, has developed pneumonia, and we’ve learned that there is still bleeding in his brain so they may have to go in again to relieve the pressure. It’s now Friday, November 10th and they still don’t know what caused the stroke, or what is causing the seizures so the testing continues. There is uncertainty whether he will survive this ordeal, but he is a fighter so we’re staying hopeful. He has already fought and beaten cancer only a few years ago, we’re hoping he won’t let this beat him, either. My father is a brilliant man. He is a pilot. He has a Master’s Degree, was in the Air Force for a short time, was in the Civil Air Patrol and has done many things in his life. Now one of his surgeons said he will never be able to “produce language” again. He will likely be able to understand it, but will likely never be able to speak or write words again. It’s too early to tell whether or not he’ll gain any mobility back, but he’ll certainly never fly or ride his motorcycle again. As of right now we don’t know how long he will be in the hospital, it may be a month or more. Thankfully, he has Medicaid so his surgery and the stay is covered. However, he will need rehabilitation after his stay at the hospital and care after he gets released. The bigger problem right now is the need for my mother to stay with him and be his voice since he cannot speak and has largely been kept sedated. She’s been staying at the hospital as much as possible to watch over him and so she can keep updated, since his condition is changing so rapidly.  There's also the fact that it's about a 2 hour drive each way from her home to the hospital. Between gas, wear and tear on her 10-year-old car and the $14/day to park that adds up pretty quickly. She’s a Certified Medical Assistant, so she’s been able to help with his care and intends to continue to do so. Unfortunately, though, they are not legally married. Common-Law Marriage is not recognized in the state of NH and they can’t get married for financial reasons. Because of this, my mother can’t take Family Leave from her work. As such, she may lose her job and her health insurance. Even if she could take Family Leave, it would be without pay. It’s a heavy price to pay for her being able to care for my father in his time of ultimate need. In addition, they had been living in a third-floor apartment. When he can go home, there’s no way he’ll be able to go back to that apartment. My parents need help. My brothers and I are doing everything we can, but my mother needs money to be able to stay and help my father fight for his life. They also need to get a new home. They had been looking at a one-story trailer, but will need the money to get it and to move their belongings there. My mother also has mobility issues due to a past injury to her shoulder, so she’s limited to how much she can lift and carry. Because there are so many unknowns, we don’t know what else will be needed at this time.  There may be more surgeries, rehab care, a wheelchair and any number of other expenses. Right now, our immediate concern is my mother’s wellbeing and ability to stay and help my father fight, and making sure they have a home to go to when he’s able to go home. She has enough to worry about right now without also having to worry about losing their apartment and her health insurance, too. Thank you so much. Any little bit will help and is enormously appreciated. Below is a photo of all of us celebrating Mother’s Day last year. My parents, my brothers, myself (in red) and my wife. It’s a stark reminder of what a difference a year can make. 
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Thank you again, everyone, for your generous donations. The Celebration of Life is going to be on Friday December 1st at the Best Western on South Willow St in Manchester, NH from 4 to 7.

Sorry I cut my mother's head out of the photo below. GoFundMe wouldn't let me resize it to fit both of them. The full photo is on my Facebook page in a public post so everyone can see.
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Good morning everyone,

Yesterday at a few minutes before 6 pm my father passed away. My brothers and I were with him as long as we could be yesterday, and my mother was with him through the end. He was loved and was surrounded by it in his final moments.

Thank you, everyone, for your generosity. As I said in the last update, all the funds received will go towards covering my mother's lost wages while she's been in the hospital caring for him, as well as his funeral expenses. Thank you, as well, for all your thoughts and prayers. Ultimately he was just too sick, but the amazing medical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital did everything they could to help him. They made sure he was as comfortable as possible in his last hours, checking in frequently to see is more was needed (and to make sure my mother was comfortable as she napped by his side). They were so supportive and I can't thank them enough for everything they did.

No matter what your faith is, or what you believe, the important thing is my father is no longer in pain and is free of his failing body. He was a fighter to the end. He will be greatly missed.
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My mother, brothers, and I met with my father's doctors today. I won't go onto all that was discussed, but two options were laid out for us. They have to take out the breathing tube. If they put in a trach tube he would have a longer recovery and would have to go into a nursing home. There would be no guarantee he'd be able to come home. They also couldn't guarantee he would ever regain understanding of language or ever be able to be independent. The other option would be to remove the breathing tube and make him as comfortable as possible.

We discussed it and agreed that my father would not want to be in a nursing home. That, among other reasons, is why it was decided that the breathing tube will be removed. We're all going to the hospital tomorrow morning to be there for him when it is.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, as well as your generous donations. All donations received, and any future ones, will be used to help with the costs of my mother's lost wages as she cared for my father in the hospital. They will also be used for funeral expenses.
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Not much has changed. They think the cause of the stroke was CAA. It basically means that his blood vessels are brittle, so they're breaking and causing the bleeding. The fear is that if they go in they'll start the bleeding up again.

We're still keeping hopeful.
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