I hate to say it but I am once again going through the grief and grieving process upon losing my dad last weekend. He had been in poor health since January of 2009 when he fell and broke his hip. He’d been in and out of hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, his home, etc. He had multiple heart surgeries, hip surgeries and countless procedures, not to mention kidney dialysis three days per week. His heart finally gave out and his body could not handle the dialysis any more. He is no longer in pain. My parents have been reunited in heaven and I’m happy about that. It gives me comfort during this difficult time.
My dad’s funeral was last Monday. In the days that followed I cleaned out a lot of his condominium and his belongings. We were able to donate clothes to a local charity. It was good to look through hundreds of old pictures. I took some home with me that I know I will be looking at often in the coming weeks and months. There is still a lot to do and I’m sure I will be going back to Florida at some point to pick up where I left off.
When my mom passed away back in 2012 I purchased a book for my dad called On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss. He never really took the time to read it. I also purchased the book for myself on my Kindle. I also never really took the time to read it. Well, I have now inherited my dad’s book and I plan to take some time to actually read it to help get myself through this process properly. I know that the grief and grieving process is different for everyone. It helps me to do the normal things in my life and to keep myself busy.
I’ve always said how important I think it is to “take the time to stop and smell the roses.” I mean it more than ever now. Every single day that we are given on this earth is a gift. Be kind to others and do what you love!