Thursday, August 7, 2014


Prepping for the operating room.

On her way.

Fresh out of surgery and into ICU.

Our son Jon bringing treats to the hospital room.

Daughter and daughter-in-laws keeping Sue's spirits up.

Getting ready to apply some essential oils. Out of the ICU.

Trying to eat, but not much appetite.

The staff at the Wound Clinic, and our dear friend Dawn Houston who made it possible for Sue to stand the trip to Hawaii for the funeral of our son Joseph.

The Utah Valley, Springville below, where we live.

Essential oil massage at home.

Grandchildren eating on the lawn outside our condo.

Finishing the play house that our son Joseph had begun before his death.

We went to Hilo to dress Joseph's body. These falls were near the mortuary.

Those who went to Hilo.

At lunch in Hilo.

All who helped finish the playhouse.

Entering the chapel for the viewing and funeral.

Friends had decorated the chapel with Polynesian tapa cloth.


Sue and our son-in-law entering the chapel.

Viewing arrangement.

The family time before the public viewing.

Joseph's wife, Dina (Deena), Jona, Cora, and Dina's father Marcel Wong-Foen. and mother left, Ilona Derdichevsky following their viewing of the open casket.

Sue and I.

Marcel and  I speaking to the family.

Some of Joseph's colleagues from the national park where he worked.

Phyn was tired and had enough.

A colleague.

The family.

Pall bearers.

In the hearse. I rode with the driver in the hears to the cemetery.

David and Sue.

The hearse chauffeur who later sang at the burial while playing a ukulele.

Two of the Hawaiians who sang and chanted an original composition for the viewing and the interment.

Depositing the casket at the crypt.

The gathering at the interment.

The casket in the ground.

The assembled families.

The luncheon.

The site of  the accident.

Panorama of the dive site where the accident occurred.

Panorama of the entrance to the park where Joseph worked as a biological technician in charge of restoring the natural flora and controlling invasive species.

Entrance to the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park.

The family beginning the tour. Sue was not well enough to attend.

Flowers in the park. Joseph had photographed the indigenous plants and his photos were displayed in the Park offices. They will be included in a brochure. His plant identification brochures are used by all park staff when conducting tours.

This wall is an ancient restored fish pond on the shore of the park. Hawaiians constructed these to trap fish when the tide rose and the small fish could enter through small gates, then when they grew in the ponds they could not escape through the small openings in the entry gates.

Map of the park.

The family and park staff.

Surface of the fish pond wall.

Family together at the temple. Sue was able to attend with the family for a sealing session in the temple.

Family adult gathering in the condo for dinner.

Coming back to Utah.

The scanner where Sue had her recent PET scan. Sue is slowly improving. We are learning to live with our mortality. Life is made joyful by friends and family who have all been supportive. Thank you.