I always posted on MoM but for the last 8 weeks i havent felt like doing anything… My dad died 8 weeks ago and after losing my mum 5 yrs ago it hit hard. Dad wasnt sick, he had heart problems but nothing that wasn’t being looked after by his specialist… then one Sunday he left church and went to the local shopping centre to get fresh bread and had a massive heart attack… getting that phonecall was the worst thing ever!!!… I couldnt come to terms with the fact that he died alone in a shopping centre… why couldnt he had died at the church he had given so much of his time and love at…. His funeral was huge… my dad was loved by so much of the community, he had recieved several Australia Day awards for his work with the sick and was welfare officer for 2 local clubs and a warden at church…. He had been in WWII while living in Malta in his younger days and the RSL paid him a lovely tribute… I realised that day how much my father meant to everyone and how much of a loss it was to the whole community not just his family left behind…. I now know he wasnt alone when he died… there was a lady who knew him and tried to revive him at the shopping centre and the moment before he died he looked at her and smiled… that gave me some relief…. So with Fathers Day approaching i take solace in the fact that i share my grief with so many other people who loved my father, he touched so many people… and in his work as a welfare officer attended many funerals a week and therefore got to know the funeral directors personally… they were family to him too… and it is the only funeral i have been to that the people from the funeral home were just as upset as everyone else… they were so professional but you could see the hurt in their faces. At the end they too broke down… My Dad was special and now i see his reflection in my sons eyes :)

Posted by raineee, 29th August 2013

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  • It sounds like your dad was a great man, respected by many.


  • I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like your Dad was loved not only by his family and friends, but by his community too. What a great legacy to leave behind. xo


  • I feel for you at this sad time :(


  • I’m very sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope the love all those people felt for him is a comfort to you.


  • I am very sorry for your loss. Grief is a personal thing and I know how hard it must have been for you to write such a lovely post. I lost my Dad 14 years ago and it was very difficult for me, I still miss him. Take care, sometimes professional help assists but 8 weeks isn’t long after a lifetime of loving a parent.


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