Sunday, January 25

One Year On - Remembering my Dad

 Grief is like the ocean
it comes in waves
ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm
and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.

The last year can be best described by the words in the poem above.  Living without a loved one who has always been there your whole life is hard, a piece of the puzzle is missing.  Some days you can sit and smile and other times you cry and desperately want him back and wonder why this had to happen, why did his journey have to end.  The sad reality is that this is now part of my life story that I will now carry with me on my life journey.  Life goes on without Dad here with us in the present but he will be forever in my heart.  Today we came together as a family not to remember that today was the day he passed but to remember his life. To remember we are all a part of him that still lives on, and that we will never forget him.
Love you Dad.


  1. Beautiful words Catherine.
    Carry him gently in your heart

  2. Lovely that your family is celebrating your Dad's life I'm sure he is looking down on his family with great pride. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  3. Beautiful words...thinking of you and knowing that your dad would be so pleased that as a family you can come together remember and share bonds with each other.

  4. Such beautiful words Catherine. Your Dad will always be a part of you, and always be in your lives through all that he taught you and that you continue to pass on to your gorgeous girls. I was thinking of you on his anniversary and hoping you were able to remember all of the good times and happy memories together xx

  5. Someone told me the first year was the hardest, it might have been, but the second year wasn't much better. Be kind to yourself, the third year seems to be easier so far. But the missing, the wanting to ring and talk about what your kids just did, that doesn't seem to stop. I find it important to remind myself, that my Dad would be cranky with us if we were not out living the bestest, happiest lives we can.

  6. Love and hugs to you Catherine. Beautiful words. xxoo


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