Tomorrow would have been my Dad’s birthday. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just a couple years to live, however just a few months after his diagnoses he suffered a fatal heart attack.
My dad had an impact on many people’s lives. Everyone I know has Richard stories. When we talk about him it is always good memories.
But my Dad did have his flaws like we all do. While he always had compassion and was loving he still struggled with anger and depression. In the last few years of his life he got married again and started going to church. I could see a drastic difference in him towards the end of his life.
One of the last time’s I saw him I remember him taking the time to visit with a homeless man and talk to him, my dad gave him some money, listened to what he had to say and while walking away I could see the compassion in my Dad’s eyes.
I could see the growth he made through God and his relationship with the Lord. As I said my Dad always had compassion and was loving but that compassion and love was growing and growing as he walked his path with God.
I thank God for that day and I thank God for my time with my earthly father.
Losing a parent is tough and is certainly hard on holidays and days that are designed to celebrate them. I am not qualified to give advice on how to grieve but what I will do is leave these two articles I found and hope that they can help those who are struggling with loss.
Have a Blessed Week,