Monday, June 18, 2012

A hole in my heart

My dad passed away a few days ago and, while it was not a surprise, it is still harder than anything I could have imagined. He was 88 and had a great life, and I was lucky to have him in mine for as long as I did, but it is still so hard to say goodbye.

I'm not sure when I will be back to blogging as writing seems impossible right now, but I want to wish all of you the very best.

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  1. Julie, I'm so sorry! My prayers with you and your family.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. As time goes on, the happy memories will sustain you. But for now, cry when you need to, it helps. My dad's been gone almost 20 years and my mom almost 2. I still cry when I need to.

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  3. Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father almost five years ago now, and I understand the magnitude of your grief. Take plenty of time to go through it and take care of yourself.

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  4. Julie, I am so so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent at any time is so so difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Karen

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  5. You're in my thoughts and prayers Julie.

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  6. Take all the time you need. This is your time now, and grief is unique to each of us.

    My heart goes out to you. Hang in there.

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  7. Julie, I am so sorry for your loss and for your family's loss. Please take care, and know that so many of us out here in the blogging world are wishing you all the best.

    Writing for yourself, like in a journal, or a letter to your father or even to God, might help some with your grief.

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  8. Julie, my condolences at your loss. Losing a parent is never see, however old we are. It's a defining experience that marks the transition to a different kind of adulthood. Wishing you peace in the days to come.

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  9. My condolences Julie. I know what you're going through.

    My mother passed away a couple of months ago. I'm still grieving deeply.

    Take care of yourself.

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  10. I'm sorry for your loss, Julie. I hope you have lots of family around you right now.

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  11. Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Mom 10 years ago and it still hurts. Sending healing thoughts your way.

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  12. Julie, I'm so sorry about your dad. I pray that the good memories out weigh the last few days for you.

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  13. Aww! I'm sorry to hear about your loss. *hugs*

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  14. Julie, I am so sorry for your loss.

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  15. I'm so sorry about your dad! Take all the time that you need. My prayers are with you. :(

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  16. I lost my dad last year--my heart and thoughts are with you, Julie. Sending love and prayers your way. Take care.

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  17. Julie, I am so very, very sorry. My heart breaks for you.

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  18. So sorry to hear the news. I'll be thinking about you and your family. ((hugs)).

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  19. There are no adequate words when a loved one passes. My sincere condolences.

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  20. I am sorry to hear this Julie. Take care of your family and yourself.

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  21. I'm sorry. Be gentle with yourself.
    Pamela

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  22. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.

    It is what I fear most with my mom, who is 86 this year. Although you might not remember, she lived with me for 5 years. My thought was to keep her with me for the rest of her life, but this past winter she moved into assisted living. I miss her a lot, but I see her 3-4 times a week. I know that at some point she won't be in my life at all and it makes me sad.

    You have my deepest sympathies.

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  23. I'm so sorry, Julie. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  24. Oh Julie! my deepest condolences. I feel for you as I lost my dad seven years ago and I miss him still. You are in my thoughts and prayers xox

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  25. Oh, that's terrible. I'm sorry to hear that.

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  26. Take your time. We're all here. I know just how difficult a time this is.

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  27. Condolences, Julie. Thinking of you.

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  28. so sorry, Julie. thoughts and prayers for you.

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  29. My sincerest condolences, Julie.

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  30. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  31. Julie, I am so sorry about your dad. I know that you are a wonderful daughter, and I'm sure he appreciated all of the time that you spent with him. Please know that I'm around if you ever feel like talking. I'm just an email away. Take care of yourself, and my heart goes out to you and your family.

    Julie

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  32. Aww, Julie. Hugs. My condolences to you and your family during these hard times.

    Feel free to email any time if you need to. Mary

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  33. Julie, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I can't even imagine. Thoughts and prayers are going out from my family to yours.

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  34. Dear Julie .. I am so sorry for you and thinking of you - I hope that you had a little while near the end to say those goodbyes - however brief that might have been.

    We never say all we should nor asked the questions we'd like to ask ... but we've had the love of our parents for as you say a good while ...

    I know I count my blessings for the life I have had with my mother .. and her longevity of life .. it's taking those wonderful memories and weaving tales into them so that they remain fresh in our hearts .. while not worrying about the things left unsaid or undone - love is all at the end .. and you and your father have had a great lifetime together ..

    My thoughts are with you .. I'll be thinking of you ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  35. Oh, Julie. I'm so sorry! I'm just getting around to reading some blogs. You're in my thoughts and heart.

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  36. Thank you all very much for your comments. I really appreciate your kindness.

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  37. Hi Julie,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. hugs

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  38. Still thinking of you, Julie. I hope you are surrounded with the help and support you need.

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  39. I'm very sorry for your loss. There's not much anyone can say to lessen grief, but please know that your writing community is sending prayers and good wishes your way.

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  40. Thank you all again so much for your comments. I'm very touched by your kindness.

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