Re: prayer please
stumpjumper, you have my prayers and empathy from over here.
So sorry to hear that, and I know a little of what you are going through; my mother died last November; similar circumstances.
Psalm 23 talks about the valley of death being a place we go through. We enter it, and we come out the other side. We enter grief, missing family, and we come out the other side. It's a process.
Asking God to comfort you and let you know He is right there beside you, leading and even carrying you through this valley.