Thanks David - it is true, I felt very close to my father that day. Although we had a great relationship, my father was not a sentimental person and we are not being a very 'touchy feely' family so we didn't have much physical contact. Holding his hand was something I'd thought about for a few days when he was in hospital. I just wish I'd made that move earlier.
Thanks Al. I still can't believe Dad is gone. So much of what I do is filled with his memory ... he was extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects and was an inspirational man. I loved listening to his former colleagues talking about him after the funeral. They had such a lot of respect for him, and told me of his great sense of humour.