Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and grandfathers out there. Whether you are blessed to be a dad to an angel in heaven or blessed to have children here on Earth, I believe the connection fathers have to their children can never be denied. I see it in my husband everyday. Jackson means the world to him, and I know he always will.

A father's grief is just as tough as a mother's grief. So today I ask you to remember the dads who have lost children and say a little prayer for them.

I have two links I would like to bring your attention to. Recently, Brent came across a blog titled "A Blog for Father's When a Baby Dies." Brent has really enjoyed reading this, and I hope it can be a resource to other dads going through the same thing. The author of the blog lost his daughter 20 years ago to stillbirth, but it is obvious the pain of missing her is still there. Especially check out his entry from April 26 where he talks about Father's and Mother's days. I will also be adding this blog to my resource page.

Although it sounds weird, I was pleased to open the paper today to The Denver Post and see an article about dads who have outlived their children. Although the article speaks of dads who lost children when they were older, I was still happy to see The Denver Post thought to acknowledge men who have suffered a loss on Father's Day. I encourage you to check out "For dads who outlive kids, Father's Day is bittersweet."

And finally, I would like to include a poem for the dads:

My daddy is survivor too... 

My daddy is a survivor too
which is no surprise to me.
He's always been like a lighthouse
that helps you cross a stormy sea.
But, I walk with my daddy each day to lift him when he's down.
I wipe the tears he hides from others;
He cries when no one's around.
I watch him sit up late at night with my picture in his hand.
He cries as he tries to grieve alone, and wishes he could understand.
My daddy is like a tower of strength.
He's the greatest of them all!
But, there are times when he needs to cry...
Please be there when he falls.
Hold his hand or pat his shoulder...
And tell him it's OK.
Be his strength when he's sad,
Help him mourn in his own way.
Now, as I watch over my precious dad from the Heavens up above...
I'm so proud that he's a survivor... And, I can still feel his love.
~Author unknown

Happy Father's Day!


  1. a beautiful post...thanks, Rebecca! My prayers for both you and especially Brent (my wonderful son and a wonderful father) on this Fathers' Day

  2. We were thinking of you , Brent and Jackson yesterday. you are doing such a great job on this blog, hope it has brought comfort to others. Love, Mom