Thanks to each and every person who has contacted me personally, commented here or posted on DLD. Your support and friendship has more than compensated for the loss I have felt in this ordeal.
Thank you also for expressing your concern and well wishes for my father. He is a retired professor, and today he is in good spirits as a number of colleagues are at the hospital engaging him in conversation on all kinds of interesting projects and topics.
I am finally going to get back to focusing on my own work project. Yay!