The Monk has 1.5 siblings -- two half-brothers and a half-sister. We're all PaMonk's but only I am MaMonk's.
They have a different mom, and she died yesterday. Her end days were, unfortunately, extremely unpleasant as her body lost its battle with cancer. Even the knowledge that her pain is gone and the discomfort no longer exists does not obviate the loss. She's survived by my sibs, and her granddaughter, MonkNiece.
Monkette is about thisclose to giving birth to Monkling 1.0, and The Monk is needed deep-in-the-heart-a Texas. So instead of in-person support, The Monk and Monkette can only offer our sympathy and condolences.
Which we do. Our regrets and condolences to our siblings.