Friday, 15 March 2013

A Very Difficult Post to Write.......

 This is a difficult blog post to write but if I am to be able to get this out of my mind then I can continue to carry on with honesty.

Normally I am one to repress my emotions and carry on as if nothing is wrong, and this in the past has led to me finally breaking down in a spectactular fashion......and not a pretty one either.

My father passed away last week......

Now I know this will resonate with readers in various fashions of remembered grief or difficult emotions...we all have a father but our relationships and memories will all be different.

My father was a difficult man to live with and our relationship was distant.
We had such similar personalities and intellect but he never saw that I was his mirror, he chose to see me as his adversary.

However as he grew older and more and more ill, he realised his mortality and tried in his clumsy way to reach back and tell me about himself.

I tried to swallow my hurt and anger but it was very hard in the initial stages.
Then I got the call from my mother and knew that this was no false alarm, he was gravely ill and was being prepared for palliative care.

I somehow was granted strength to face him in his weakened state, 
and allow him to say whatever he needed to father talked for three days straight!!! 
Finally he stopped the incessant chat and I was able to communicate with him........after 40 odd years of distance.

At the end of his life I was given permission to speak and allowed to show him the competent adult woman that I had become.
My father couldnt let go of the adolescent me during his life, he held on to the angry out of control teenager and wouldnt let her grow up.
As he drew closer to the end, I sat still and looked into his eyes with honesty and no anger. He drifted in and out of sleep, when he opened his eyes and saw me there, he finally saw me as I am now.

I know this is an intensely personal piece of writing but this was and 
will be a huge part of my life and if I didnt get it out there I would be forever plastering a false sense of bravado on my blog. That is not my style.
My dad was all at once generous, selfish, loud, domineering, sensitive, insecure, funny, brave, weak, loving and angry.
He was complex but he gave me the greatest gift at the very end, and that was the chance to forgive.

Thank you if you have read this far and stayed with me, that means more than you will know. 


  1. Big hugs to you Susan. Beautifully expressed and what a blessing for you and your father to have that time together at the end. Much love Debra.x

  2. So beautifully written, a lot in here I recognise. I'm so glad you had the chance to sort out your differences with your dad. I too sat with my own father while he past away, I can honestly say it was one of the most beautiful, special moments. I know that sounds strange but he was surrounded by love and supported in those last moments. He was just a human being, and we humans make mistakes and don't always learn from them, but your dad did. Well done him, take care Sweetheart :) x

  3. What an amazing story, so incredible that you experienced redemption in your relationship. Sending special hugs across the sea to you xxxxxx

  4. A very heartfelt account of your relationship with your dad. It's very special that you were able to find peace together at the end of his life. Sending you a big hug x

  5. Well done Susan for writing that down it must of taken a while for you to know what you wanted to say,bless you.You were very lucky that you got the chance to put things right both of you and your dad to rest peacefully and for you to be able to forgive him.Sending you lots of hugs and love,Jill xxxx