SH, his second child, so worded his email notice, that I assumed he had gone home to his house from the hospital. I passed the note on to my sisters, one of whom said she thought he'd died, and was I sure he'd just gone home to his wife.
So I asked, and got the whole history of the illness. Talk about feeling STUPID!
Here's what he'd wanted to tell his aunt:
Dad went home this afternoon. We have been in Salt Lake City since Friday. He had good care, but his heart quit while being prepped for a replacement valve.
Talk about having a Pollyanna attitude!
Querried the former nurse sister, "Um, did they get it started again?"
Said, I, I said, "I assumed so. I assumed if this were a death notice, that fact would have been duly noted, but you are right. That might have been the best he could do through his grief. I remember how I was when it was just a HORSE. I'll check and keep you posted.
"Honestly, L.., I did not think of alternate meanings for "went home"."