Funeral Fund for Margaret Dean
My dearest beloved older sister was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, nurse and nanny. She spent her whole life in service of others, all the while suffering from a debilitating disease of Asthma also known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Margaret developed this painful and disabling disease at a very young age in India, but was misdiagnosed for several years. Had she received the proper care as a child, she would have been able to live a happy and health life to a ripe old age.
In spite of her severe breathing pain and physical suffering Margaret was always beautiful, lively, vibrant and hardworking. As a young woman in India, Margaret worked as a nurse in a well-known clinic in Delhi. When she came to America in 1987, she worked two sometimes three jobs to support her family – her mother and older sister. In addition to working as a teacher in Arlington, VA, she spent all her time and energy taking care of her sick mother and sister rather than manage her own health.
Over time her COPD became unmanageable and she was often unable to breathe without assistance. Eventually Margaret had to stop working and was put on disability retirement. Due to her illness, she was unable to cope with daily life and was reduced to living alone on a small social security and pension and with an oxygen tube. She went from being a beautiful, outgoing, fun-loving woman, to one confined to a handicapped bed and an oxygen tank.
Meanwhile Margaret’s older sister Elizabeth, due to her own debilitating health issues, was moved into a nursing home. Over the last couple of years, Margaret’s COPD had become unbearable and unresponsive to medication. She was in and out of the emergency room on a biweekly basis.
As her younger brother, I have been doing my best to financially and emotionally support my sisters and mother for several years. But in the last few years, my health has also declined and I am currently in the hospital with an acute Pulmonary disease. When I was admitted into the hospital in March 2016, Margaret’s health declined precipitously and rapidly. She went into the ER with severe lung pain and breathing challenges. She was put on Morphine to help her manage the pain and finally on life support in hopes that her pain would subside and she would recover. Unfortunately, she was unable to overcome her lung disease and passed away quietly on 30 March 2016.
Margaret’s dying wish is to be buried honorably and respectfully. Since both, our sister Elizabeth and I are also in hospital and we are unable to financially support a respectable funeral. All donations received will be completely accounted for and will be used only for her funeral and burial. I therefore appeal to my dear friends to help me at this difficult time. Complete estimate of all funeral, burial costs will be provided to donors upon request. May God bless you,
Shameera, Dad and Aunty Elizabeth.
Aunty's funeral will be on Friday at 11 am at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington. I am home now and have been managing all these affairs and will be there on Friday.
Dad is also not doing too well and is in Fairfax Hospital. We are hoping for the best.
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