I lost my Father eight days ago.
I do not feel how I thought I would feel and am not doing what I thought I would do.
Either the sadness of it all hasn’t hit me yet, or I am peaceful because my Dad was peaceful.
Of course I am hoping for the latter.
My life is changed, but it is not anger and hate I feel.
I think I was most angry, confused and upset when my Dad was first diagnosed. I was shocked and there were so many unanswerable questions;
Will my Dad be pain free?
Will my Mum be able to cope?
Will Dad see Easter?
Will everybody get to see him that wants to?
Will my Dad cope with chemo?
Will my Dad be okay with this?
It brings me pride and peace to tell you the answers to all of the above uncertainties are a big fat yes.
The fact is he coped amazingly and now so are we.
I don’t know if I will continue feeling this way, but I am pleased I am feeling it today.
Watching him fade away from us was far from easy, but it gave us time to come to terms with what was happening in our family.
I still feel thankful and blessed that it all happened in this way, and am still searching for why we deserve such peace, when others suffer so.
Maybe there is no answer.
There are some new feelings I have been feeling this week;
I am feeling impatient with people’s dramatised everyday and mundane problems. I honestly don’t care, it doesn’t matter. I can’t bring myself to even pretend to care.
I am also feeling nervous for Dad’s funeral, seeing all of those dispairing faces.
On paper the funeral looks lovely, ‘a celebration’, a perfect tribute for such a Man.
If you wish to attend it will be held on Friday 2nd September at Christ Church Braintree, London Road at 3:00pm.
I am hoping you will bring smiles, memories and cake.
I know he would be proud how we’re doing. All this has brought us even closer and given us a new perspective on life and living. It’s what he would want to come out of all this.
I do not know how I am going to feel next week or next year, but this is how I am feeling now.
I know there is no right or wrong way to manage this, I am just doing by my best. I am focusing on what made Dad peaceful and sharing the message to others.