I'm not sure if this will help, but some airline have "Bareavement Fares", but if worse comes to worse, you can always check with the Greyhound (especially the "Red Eye").
As for the positive thoughts and vibes, you can count on me!!!
I was just going to say this. Definitely check into bereavement fares and how you can get that, it will save you loads of money on airfare. I think its just amatter of providing them with proof of some kind (i.e., signed note from a Doctor).
Thoughts, prayers and positive vibes going out to you.