reply to post by DeadSeraph
I am so sorry to hear the news. I am so sorry that you find yourself feeling alone at a time like this. That said, I am going to tell you things I
would not say, lest someone come along and say them. Because, you have the right to feel what you feel.
It could be worse. Yes, it could. But, this is your life, this is what you are coping with at this moment. This is your pain, and you are reaching out
for understanding and compassion for what you are going through. Do not let anyone belittle you for that, or make you feel that what you are suffering
is not monumental. It is. It is a huge loss that you are facing, and regardless of what Joe Bob down the road is suffering through, right now, you,
and what you are going through, is what's most important. People that say this to you are either ignorant, don't care to take the time to care for
your feelings, or are just discounting what you are going through is important. Never take this comment, it's cold, and demeaning, and your feelings
are the most important thing in the world right now. Find somone else to talk to, this person is a waste of air.
He lived a long life, he's had his time. Really? So that makes it okay? No! It does not! Cancer is a cruel beast, and it takes people from us that
matter, way before their time. You are not ready to let go, and guess what? That's okay. He is likely not ready, too. Again, people that say things
like this to you are superficial, and likely have no idea what loss of a loved one is like. It is never long enough when you love someone. It's never
enough time, and it is up to no one to judge that, but him and you. Again, find someone else to talk to.
Don't worry, time heals all wounds. This too, shall pass. Wow, this one really gets me. It is far from the truth, too. Time doesn't heal wounds, it
may make it easier to bury them, or not think quite so often about them, but it heals nothing. It will hurt in 5 years just as much as it hurts today,
and the day you lose him. This is because you love him, and because of that love, it's always going to be painful to have the loss.
What I can say. Find people that have experienced your loss, that share in your fears of loss and grief. Don't ever be afraid to say, "I am not
ready", or, "I am angry this is happening". Those are legitimate feelings, and it's okay to have them.
Saying goodbye to a parent is hard. It's hard when it is sudden, it is hard when we know it is coming. No matter how you look at it, it's hard, and
it hurts. Nothing anyone says, or does, is going to soothe that pain, or make it better. People are full of all sorts of platitudes, but in the end,
none of that matters. You will only find peace between you and him.
Spend as much time as you can with him. Talk to him, about anything. Things that matter. Things that don't. Don't forget to laugh, and don't be
afraid to cry. Don't be ashamed to tell him how much you will miss him. He will love every moment, and it will mean more than anything to him. If you
have anything, even a little thing, that you are carrying from when you were young and growing up that bothers you, no matter how mundane or silly it
seems, tell him. Talk about it. Get it out there. You may be surprised that he was thinking about it, too.
Don't be mad if he doesn't remember it, though. Sometimes, we kids remember things parents never even thought about. But, that doesn't matter. Talk
until you can talk no more, and cherish the quiet moments, too. Watch the sun set together. Watch the sun rise. Silence doesn't have to be
uncomfortable. Cherish the moments, no matter how small, how short, or how inconsequential they may seem. They will be your freshest memories. Get rid
of regrets, so when he does pass, you have nothing to darken that. Nothing to bring you remorse.
Hold his hand. It will make him feel better, and it will make you feel better. It's a nice thing, to hold someones' hand, and watch the sun set.
Just admire the beauty of the day as it passes, in silence. You may think he is not that type of person. You may be surprised.
Don't let anyone tell you that any thing you choose is right or wrong. Whatever you choose and feel good with, and he feels good with, is good
enough. There is no right or wrong.
If you need support groups, don't be afraid to look for them. Don't ever feel ashamed to reach out, barring those types I mentioned above, most
people are compassionate and caring, and happy to reach out to you in turn. You will find a gem or three here on ATS, but don't be afraid to look
elsewhere, as well.
Learn as much as you can about his illness, about what to expect, about what's coming down the path for him. The best thing in the world is
preparedness, and knowing won't leave you so shocked. Help him get things in order, ask him how he wants things handled, and make sure that you honor
that, as closely as possible. It's those little things that matter.
I am sorry that you have to go through this, it's never easy to say goodbye, whether it is a short goodbye, or a long one. When that day finally
comes, it will hurt like hell, you can never be fully prepared, even if you think you are. And, that's okay, too. Above all, just be sure he knows
how much you love him. You have that chance to say anything and everything you always wanted, so don't be afraid to take that chance. Don't be
afraid to cry. Don't be afraid to let him cry. Listen to what he has to say, as well. He may surprise you.
You will have wonderful memories to cherish and to hold close. My heart goes out to you.You are not alone. I care.