I am lighting this candle in honor of my beloved father. The older I get the more I value the way he lived, the friends he had, the wonderful provider he was and how important his family was to him!
Dad was a devoted, loving father. He loved camping, fishing, gardening and hunting...He was loved by all of his family and all of his friends. Us kids all knew if we needed help he would always be there, ready to help us, even when we left home and lived far away. We knew Dad was always there as our safty net when we needed it. He never stopped being a loving caring father...sometimes a little gruff, as his generation was, yet as he grew older his deep compassion began to show more and more in all areas of his life. He began to soften. This really became obvious to all when the grandkids came! Dad loved all of his grandchildren as much as life itself, and they returned that love to him. To see my Dad with his Grandkids was such a gift.
These times are my most treasured memories. The love that was between them was so unconditional and so deep.
Dad has always been an anchor for our family during the storms of life. He always did his best to guide us through the storms and onto more peaceful shores. He always did his best to keep our family together through thick and thin, in sickness and in death...I know Dad will always be with us. His love for all of us lives in our hearts forever. Thank you Dad! Our family still needs you! I still need you!
Dad, I love you more than I can express in words. I know you know. I realize you always knew, and so did I. We agreed, you and I, in our last conversation, "Life is all about love." It is my hope that all of us, especially our family, continue to learn to love deeper and with more heartfelt compassion during this difficult time of having to face the emotional pain of your death.
May we also live our lives with the strong intention to nurture peace, unity and love in our family, so that we may all support, love and help each other through the ever continuing storms of life and death, like you showed us how to do. You were the ultimate peace maker. Now that you are gone, it is up to all of us to bring love and peace to our family.
Dad, please help us as a family, to heal our grief over your death. The pain of losing you is so great. Life will go on, yet we all realize it will never be the same.
You taught us so much...now it is up to us to live it. I hope we all will come together soon. I know this would have been your dying wish if we could have heard your heart speak, right before you passed on.
I am truly grateful you are no longer in pain and are in a place of ultimate peace. I am working hard to accept your death...It's just that I will miss you so very much Dad.
Even though I am an adult, your death has caused me to feel like a little girl who is lost in the woods without her father...I realize now that is why I felt so compelled to light this candle. It was for both of us. This candle flame of love and light will guide us through the dark, challenging and painful times in life and in death.