“You will never be prepared for your parent’s death”.
This is the opening statement of the daughter of the doctor from Pampanga who succumbed to covid-19 disease that hits home hard.
Why? Because I lost both of my parents at an early age. My father died in a plane crash overseas late in his 30s while Mom died almost 30 years later.
While reading the FB post of Cielo Jaochico, daughter of the provincial health officer of Pampanga Dr. Marcelo Jauchico, a former Doctor to the Barrio assigned in Kalinga in the 90s, I can’t help by cry a river.
Basically, the message of the Facebook post of Cielo Jaochico is tell your parents now how much you love them before it’s too late. We are fools if we think we have the luxury of time. She sounded regretful of not spoiling his Dad because she didn’t think she only have a year left with him after starting to earn own money.
Cielo Jaochico asked the public to pray for her Dad’s repose and not to remember him as just another victim of covid-19 but what he had done for the country.
Cielo also recalled one of their recent conversations wherein she told him that she will buy his favorite massage chair in Ogawa once she gets a job abroad but he just smiled.
You may read the entire FB post below.
”Nagmamakaawa akong sabihin niyo na sa mga magulang niyo ngayon kung gaano niyo sila kamahal. Noong 18 ako, who would’ve thought that after 3 years, I’d lose my dad. Nang maka-graduate ako, who would’ve thought he’d die because of a pandemic 2 years later? Nang magkaroon ng sariling trabaho at kumita ng sariling pera, I didn’t even think that I only have a year with him left. I didn’t even get the chance to spoil him. We are fools to think of time as a luxury. Tell your parents you love them and tell them now.”
“Oh to receive such news in isolation where you can’t even hug your loved ones. Mahal na mahal kita, daddy. You deserve better than this. When you speak of him, please speak only of good words. Please do not remember him as someone who just died because of COVID-19. Sobrang dami niyang ginawa para sa bayan. Please pray for his soul. Please pray for the souls of those who are still fighting.”
Dad, you didn’t deserve to die alone, nang di naririnig gaano ka kahalaga sa amin at gaano ka namin kamahal. Di man lang namin ikaw narinig sabihan din kami. Dad, we didn’t even get to hug each other for the final time. Uuwi ka ritong nasa kabaong na. Ang sakit, daddy. Deserve mo magkaroon ng lamay at ng libing where all of your loved ones are there. Daddy, mahal na mahal ka namin. Kami na po ang bahala kay mommy. Ako na po ang bahala sa mga kapatid ko. Ipapatayo ko yung bahay na pinapangarap mo para sa amin, daddy.
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Dad, sabi ko pa naman pag nakapag-abroad ako, bibilhan kita ng gusto mong massage chair sa Ogawa na lagi mong tinitignan sa Fairview Terraces. Sinabi ko iyon habang nasa kotse tayo tapos tumawa ka lang at na-touch ka kaso wala ka na, dad.
Edit: My dad’s body will be cremated dahil toxic ang katawan niya. Daddy, di man lang namin ikaw nayakap kahit malamig ka na. Di ko alam na noong March 8 na pala huling beses kitang makikita.
Another edit: If naging kaibigan niyo po si daddy lalo na during his Calanasan, DOH and Pampanga days, please message us po and tell stories about him. Di po kami magkakaroon nang maayos na lamay sa ngayon. Masakit sa puso we won’t be hearing eulogies from his friends. Please share us stories about your time with him.
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Source: Cielo Jaochico