Three women came to my funeral home this week. Each had lost her father. It was difficult for me to see their heartaches, knowing that one day, I would suffer their same fate. I thought of my dear cousin’s, three beautiful women, each a daddy’s girl. Over the past few years, I have watched as each has lost her father.
I saw my three cousins at church today. As the primary children sang sweet songs about their wonderful dads, I saw each of my cousins wipe away tears of sadness. It was difficult for me to see their heartaches, knowing that one day, I will be wiping away those same tears.
My dad just called me on my cell phone. He is on his way over for our Father's Day visit. I will take this opportunity to share a sweet moment with him, to kiss his cheek and express my love for him. Doing so, I hope, will bring a modicum of comfort in what is inevitably a sad future.
Time travels too swiftly, and before we are ready, we see those we love pass away. Once they are gone, we are heartbroken without them, and time travels too slowly. I don’t know what the answer is to this dilemma. I only hope that taking the time to share tender moments of love and appreciation with my dad while he is living, will bring me peace once he is gone.
I hope the same for you.
My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a funeral director, author and professional speaker. I write books and weekly bereavement articles related to understanding and coping with grief. I am the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award. I deliver powerful messages and motivate audiences toward positive recovery. It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.