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Took Her Away

by on March 14, 2011

The RN this morning warned me not to watch her being packed up and rolled away. She said to would be very upsetting to see your loved one put in a body bag. She also said the handling of the body like luggage is very traumatic. She recommended everyone be in a distant room.

When the RN first arrived, she moved Satomi around some and things flopped around. All the things that we were so careful with only a day before.

That little bit upset me so I sure as hell wasn’t going to watch them load her up.

When the mortuary van arrived, I move her family into the kitchen. I stayed downstairs too.

There was a lot of movement and noises. I caught a glimpse of them bringing Satomi down the stairs wrapped in some sort of cover. She was strapped to a stretcher. The stretcher was long so they had to stand her up to go around the corners on our staircase. I saw her flop around and it really upset me. I couldn’t watch her being rolled away. I just couldn’t do it.

But before I knew it, she was gone.

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  1. Bill Gong permalink

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you are able to find strength to balance things out.

  2. Carley permalink

    Sean, words cannot express the sorrow you and your family have suffered. Please know you are in our prayers and if you need anything please call

  3. Emiry permalink

    Hello Sean…my name is Emiry. I have only seen Satomi (& maybe you) at Hiromi’s wedding. She did a beautiful Japanese dance performace. I do Japanese dancing too but with a different group so I was really interested in her odori. I am friends with Hiromi & Kiyomi.
    I’m so sorry to hear of Satomi’s passing. She is with her Father now. My mother in law and the girls’ Auntie Sachi Sasaki are best friends. My Mom in law let me know early this morning. Then got an email from Hiromi about your website. I’ve been sitting in front of the computer for the past 4 hours reading all of your ramblings. Thank you share it with us. You are a very caring and compassionate person. Wishing you peace in your heart.

  4. John Habis permalink


    God bless you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and, as always, wish you the very best. Please let me know if there is anything I can do …

    With my deepest condolences….

  5. cindy permalink

    Sean – Yosh and I are so sorry for your loss. You, Jillian and Mina are in our thoughts. We know this has been a long and difficult ordeal not only for Satomi, but for you and your family. We are hopeful that you will find some peace in knowing that Satomi’s suffering has ended and we know that you have the strength and perseverance to move on and do what’s best for you and your family. Please let us know if there’s anything at all we can do to help. We’re in OC now so we’re relatively close by and our offer remains open…

  6. Dee Dee permalink

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  7. Annette permalink

    I am so sorry to hear of Satomi passing away. She was really a wonderful person and will truly be missed. You have also been her personal angel these last few months.

  8. boingoc "now" nguyen-le permalink

    I’m so sorry to hear about Satomi…we are all thinking of you and your little ones. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you and your family get through this very difficult period in your lives..I’ve been there so I know how hard it is.
    “Now” (worked with Satomi when we were at Healthsouth OP).

  9. Kurtis Gentile permalink


    I’m so sorry to hear about Satomi’s passing. You are in my thoughts, brother. You are a good man and you will prevail.

    Your friend,

  10. Connie permalink

    My deepest, deepest condolences to you, your family, and Satomi’s family. I cannot even begin to imagine what you’re going through. If there’s ANYTHING I can do to help you in any way, please know that I am here for you. You are so loved and supported.


  11. Tammy permalink

    Hi Sean. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. She is in a better place now & watching over you & the girls. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. Please take care.

  12. Cheryl Kakurai permalink

    Oh Sean I am so very, very sorry for your tremendous loss.

    I read your blog. You are by far her angel & you did right by making Satomi’s transfer comfortable & peaceful. You should be very proud of yourself. Your support & unconditional love & kindness made her feel your love as she moves to the other side. Now all this love can be focused on your beautiful daughters!

    I have experienced this a few times so if you ever need a friend that ‘gets it’ just contact me.
    I’m sending you big hugs to you. Take care. Take time for yourself when you can.
    Love, Cheryl

  13. Perry Palencia permalink

    I’m really sorry and sad to hear this news. I’m going to keep you and your family in my prayers.

  14. Susie Moeller permalink

    We have lost a wonderful, beautiful person. We are saddened by this tragic loss. You and your beautiful daughters are in our daily prayers and thoughts…let us know if we can be of any assistance to you and your family through this most difficult time. You were a wonderful caregiver, spouse.
    Susie (worked with Satomi at Healthsouth Tustin Rehab)

  15. AJ & Denise Yue and Family permalink

    Dear Sean,

    I want you to know that you have been a wonderful and supportive husband to Satomi. Both of you made a great couple. We are sorry for your loss as we all will share the loss with you.

    We will pray that God will bless you and give you strength.

    AJ & Denise Yue and Family

  16. Michael & Olivia permalink

    We are so sorry to hear about Satomis passing our Prayers are with you and your Family I know how it is to lose someone so close my Mom just passed a month ago
    Michael & Olivia

  17. Lisa Hinton permalink

    Sean – I am so sorry to hear about Satomi’s passing. You, the girls and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Satomi and I worked together for 8 years together at Tustin Rehab – she was a wonderful friend and coworker. Sending my love from Colorado –
    Lisa Hinton

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