Grieving the Loss of A Father on Father’s Day
Coping with death & grief is one of life’s most difficult challenges, but dealing with the death of your Father comes with its own type of grieving and issues, especially on a day like Father’s Day.
As a little girl, your daddy is THE MAN that all men will be compared to. Bad or good — he becomes the center of everything. How you look at yourself, how you think men feel about you, and so much more. As a little boy, your dad is the big strong man who you want to be just like when you grow up.
If you weren’t lucky enough to have a caring, loving father dote on you as a little girl or boy, you may have been lucky enough to have a man step in and give you the gift of being like a father. What special and selfless men that do this.
Regardless of any struggles you may or may not have had with your dad, one thing is for sure –he is irreplaceable!
When you lose your father to physical death, it can leave you feeling vulnerable and very alone. The parent that seemed so strong – full of authority and direction is no longer here.
It is in that moment that we are born into adulthood. Gone are the days that we believe that life goes on forever. Now we are the ‘grownups,’ the ‘voice of reason,’ and the ‘example’ for the next generation.
It is now that we realize that the role we identified with as a ‘child’ vanishes with our parent’s last breath. But even so we rebel against this, wanting to cling to that little child we were again…caressed in our parent’s embrace and told — “You are loved unconditionally. You are safe. I will protect you. Don’t be afraid.”
When is it that we are ready to forge ahead without the guidance and wisdom of a loving parent. For a lot of us, we will never be ready, but will do so anyway.
What if you looked at grieving the death of a parent differently? What if you knew that although the physical body their spirit resided in passed away, they were still very much alive?
Would it make it easier to smile? Would you be able to start to mourn less and live more?
Would you believe and feel them present during celebrations or even when you sat alone weeping with sadness?
What if you heard from them again? One more time. And they let you know they were OK. More than OK, but happy and whole and still loving you as they always have.
So many want and need this. Many have. Greta Reimann has.
As her reading ended, Greta felt like she could fly. For the first time since his death she realized that what her dad wanted most was for her to look inside herself and realize what made her tick. He wanted her to fulfill her dreams. From that day forward,
Greta felt free to follow her heart knowing that honoring herself was the greatest gift she could
Debbie Siple has as well.
Debbie was reunited with her dad after losing him quickly and unexpectedly. Having him come through in a gallery reading with all of her siblings present, Debbie and her family were able to enjoy a typical family gathering again with their beloved father.
Having his jovial and light-hearted spirit with them again was an unexpected joy that each treasures.
We all mourn differently, for different reasons, and for different amounts of time. But one thing that seems to be innate in everyone is that no matter how old we get, we still want to feel the love of our father.
This Father’s Day, I wish for you – to feel that love. So, close your eyes and put your hand on your heart. Give yourself the joy of feeling that love that your dad has for you today and always. It didn’t die. It can’t. Love is forever.
Wishing you love & peace,
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