"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
Billy Graham, American Christian evangelist
Grieving the loss of a father is an experience that deeply touches the soul and reshapes our lives.
The departure of a father, regardless of our age, is a life-altering event that leaves many grappling with complex emotions. It's not uncommon for individuals to feel a sense of guilt, lamenting moments not spent with their father or failing to fully appreciate his presence when he was by their side. The absence of a father is often marked by a yearning for the unconditional love and unwavering support he provided.
In my own life, I bore witness to my father's battle with pancreatic cancer, and at the age of 72, we were fortunate to be by his side when he passed away.
The journey of losing a father evokes a myriad of emotions, feelings that resurface repeatedly throughout one's life. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others can offer solace, promote healing, and remind those who feel isolated in their grief that they are not alone.
"Those we Love remain with us,
for Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade,
because a loved one is gone.
Those we Love can never be,
more than a thought apart.
For as long as there is a memory,
they’ll live on in our heart."