The outpouring of love, sympathy, and empathy after the loss of Daddy has been absolutely incredible - much more than I would have ever expected.
But one of the things that sticks out to me the most is the number of family members and friends who have reached out to me with their OWN story of losing their fathers, many at a young age just like my dad. It saddens me to hear their stories, but at the same time, it makes me feel that I am indeed not alone in experiencing this pain.
I also have learned through these interactions that our reactions to these tragedies are all very personal and individualized.
All those who have shared their stories about their father have all preempted their stories with a similar statement. By avoiding the statement "I know how you feel", it allows us to maintain the individual significance of our loss while at the same time allowing us to help strengthen the, at times, unsteady foundation of our loved ones.
Because of Daddy, I learned the importance of family.
I am blessed to have all of you, friends and relatives, as a part of my family. And I want you all to know that I love you and am available for you whenever you need me.