Leo the Lion

by Rebecca
(United Kingdom)

My dad died August 15th 2012. He was the greatest man I've ever known and I will ever know. I am only 20 years old and I thought I would have him forever. He promised me when I was born that he would try and makeit to see my 17th birthday :) and he did. He was a humble man, had a job as a window cleaner, loved his family more than life itself and would give up his life everyday for us. He died from cancer, he was a real lion, a real fighter all of his life.. but ultimetly the disease had conqured him physically. But inside he was fighting, he was beautiful.. he was my best friend. I am the youngest of 7 children, and I've always been a daddy's girl. I miss him every day, but I feel that when I was there with him in the hospital, and I watched him take one last strong breath, That I inherited his strength.. and his lionheart. He was 63 years old. It's been 3 months and the sting of him not being here is more dominant than the day he died. But I know he loves me, I hear stories about him from my brothers and sisters and he sure did love us :) I dream of him all the time, and he's always there hugging me and comforting me with his words. They aren't old memories re-accuring..instead fresh new encouners with my dad. He tells me in my dreams all the time to not worry about him anymore, and its okay.. and that he loves me. If I can only have him in my dreams, then I wish to be asleep for the rest of my life. I miss him every single second. I love you daddy x I'l always be your bub x

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Nov 20, 2012
Leo the Lion
by: Doreen U.K.

Rebecca I am sorry for your loss of your dad. You are still so very young to go through life without your dad. We wish we had our parents with us forever. Cancer rises again. This ugly disease that rips families apart by taking our loved one away from us. My husband died 6 months ago from a deadly cancer and my heart is broken forever. You are not alone. It will take you some time to heal from your loss but you will get through life. You have such a good support structure in having 7 siblings. Try and comfort each other the best way you can as it does help our grief when we have a good support structure.

Nov 18, 2012
Thank you so much
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much! I didnt even expect anyone to read this but I am so greatful for your encouragements. I do believe that one day I will feel a little bit more whole than I do now, Im excited for that day to come and its good to hear from people who understand how losing your father can effect you deeply. Thank you so much for your comforting words :) take care xx

Nov 18, 2012
You sound so strong
by: Becca

Hi Rebecca, I have just read your post and you sound like such a strong person. Reading your post is like reading something I'd write about my own dad. Stay strong and all the best to you and your family xx

Nov 17, 2012
You're not alone
by: Julia

You'll always carry a part of your Dad with you for the rest of your life, and you'll find yourself remembering him in so many ways, sometimes when you least expect it. Although my Dad died 20 years ago, he's been very close to me lately as I've been going through some tough times. I feel his strength, and I hear his voice steadying me, and I know that was his life-long gift to me. Know that you'll always miss him, but that the rawness of grief will mend, and you'll always have wonderful memories to share with your brothers and sisters, and your kids one day. He'll live on. Hugs to you, in sympathy.

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