December 27, 2020 at 11:25 pm #13872
I lost my dad 9 weeks ago
He died of aspiration pneumonia
But he had terminal kidney cancer.
I’m struggling with how I’m feeling.
I was his full time carer, I have a sister who doesn’t give a damn is treating my mum like crap. Have found out she is back stabbing me to strangers.
I lost my job I was full time with dad for 8 years while she was still living her life. Working etc.
All I wanted was to make sure dad was safe, not scared, loved and didn’t go to a nursing home. I achieved that and more. But my sister has really made me so upset I can’t function. She even went to the extent of letting her boyfreind come to dads funeral with a red flower shirt and red shoes. Wearing sunglasses in church and fondling with her the whole service plus giggling etc.
I feel he wanted focus on him. Well he succeeded instead of a funeral about dad. It was a funeral about him and his stupid antics.
This looser is a gold digger and he has caused so much upset to myself and my mum.
My dad did not deserve that. This looser never came to see dad once while he was ill.
I go visit dad at the cemetery everyday and cry everyday. I’m beside myself with grief. I want dad to come back.
I’m so upset I just told my sister never to speak to me again after finding out she has been back stabbing me for years. This was the final straw. I hate her for what she has done and what she is doing.
Mum is not well and I feel she will put her with dad sooner than expected.
I feel I do all the work and get abused and judged but I’m not doing anything wrong.
I just want to grieve the loss of dad not deal with this crap.
Am I over reacting. Am I wrong in feeling this way.December 28, 2020 at 8:36 am #13874GL friendParticipant
i am so sorry to hear about your loss. you are not overreacting at all. you deserve the time and space to be able to grieve the passing of your dad. i think funerals are sacred events but some people just dont understand or respect that. ive never understood why.
i lost my mum a few years ago.. and i dont talk to my sister anymore after years of trying. i felt like it was affecting the way i wanted to remember mum so i just did what i felt was right for me.
it sounds like you did the best you could to make sure your dad felt safe and comfortable. youre a wonderful person and daughter for doing that.
i cant tell you what to do but i think you should follow your gut. i find it comforting to think of all the good memories i have with my mum. sometimes i cook her favourite food. i put a picture of her on the fridge so shes watching me cooking (i learnt everything i know from her). on xmas, i lit a candle in her memory and cried my heart out. she lived fireworks. idk what will happen with nye this year but if there are fireworks, ill be thinking of her. yes, there will always be distractions and people who want to deter me from my memories and time with mum, but, they dont have control over my thoughts. and they dont have control over your thoughts either. your time and your memories with your dad are precious and you are allowed to grieve in the way that feels right for you. sending you lots of courage. you keep being you and be kind to yourself.December 28, 2020 at 10:19 am #13875onlinecommunityKeymaster
Hello @Effie. Welcome to the Griefline forums community – we are so glad you are here. You have shown such strength to share your intense grief at the loss of your Dad with whom you clearly had a very special bond. Also to let us know the struggles you’re experiencing with feelings and thoughts of anger, hurt and betrayal. Please know that you have come to a supportive space to express your pain and in return receive understanding from others with shared experience.
You ask if you are over reacting or wrong in feeling the way you do and the answer is no… because everyone grieves differently. The feelings and thoughts that come up can surprise and confuse us but they are our own unique response to the loss. As @GL friend says – be kind, and honour yourself. In your heart of hearts you know that you did everything you could to ease your father’s pain and suffering and show him absolute love in his final years. Your care and compassion for him despite having to make significant sacrifices was a precious gift to both of you because no one can ever take it away.
Sometimes when people around us are behaving in ways we feel are unfair or at odds with the situation, it helps to remember that they too are responding to the loss in their unique way which is built on a complex range of thoughts and feelings.
Time is a great healer in these situations as is talking through your experience – just as you are doing here. It helps to remember that the process of healing is more like a marathon than a sprint so it can be wise to take our time in making big decisions about life and family.
Having a good understanding of grief and loss is often helpful so you might like to access the information on the Griefline Resource Hub .
Another helpful tool to give you some much needed respite from distress is Griefline’s ‘Reflecting on Positive Experiences‘ mindfulness recording.
Take care and let us know how you’re faring @Effie.
December 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm #13878
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Hi Gl friend
Thanku so much.
But hearing ur story has made me feel
A little selfish. I’m so sorry I’m hoping I don’t look like I feel I’m the only one going through this. I’m just struggling and really am lost at what has happened.
I’m so sorry about ur mum n I hope u have been getting through this time, I’m glad u are doing what counts for u and the memory of ur mum. Undoubtedly who was a major mentor in your life.
You are amazing and Thanku for responding I’m glad I reached out. But I’m still struggling I just hope it eases in the future. I’m
Sick to the stomache over it. And I must say I know this will sound dumb, but Katy night after I wrote online I heard footsteps through the house. I believe it’s dad checking up on me n my mum. As whilst my dad was it I slept at mum n dads for eight years and still do as mum is not well so I’m still here with her.
I feel he is here with us and I feel he is not happy with my sister at all it would not please him what she has done.
I’m just beside myself and I want to see him. You know everyday I go to cemetery and ask him to come take me.
I can’t explain it. I’m lost.
Thanku you are amazing
EfDecember 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm #13879
Thanku so much
Yes I’m glad I reached out. But my feelings go deeper in that I feel it’s my fault, I feel I failed him by allowing him to pass away. I looked after him medically in every way at home. I kept him out of hospital for so long. I guess
I feel it’s my fault I didn’t fix him. I’m struggling with the fact he aspirated and I wasn’t there when it happened
I’m want him back and I’m lost without dad.
Thanku so much
EffieDecember 28, 2020 at 7:56 pm #13881
You know I’m really disgusted with my sister n how she has treated my
Mum from the day dad passed away.
No contact just rude disrespectful
No support whatsoever. Yet I have seen her at the cemetery Afew times with crocodile tears.
Mum cry’s everyday regarding my sister. I feel she is selfish and my
Does not deserve this.
I’m at the point where I don’t want to see my sister or talk to her I’m over it. She can be with her gold digger boyfriend but she looses everything else. And for me. Once I make my mind up. I can’t go back. I’m done. Who knows maybe I’m the selfish one. But I don’t think so. My life has not changed. I’m still here caring gor mum. Whilst she’s living her life.
I hate her not my sister anymore.
She’s an idiot in my eyes.December 28, 2020 at 11:30 pm #13882GL friendParticipant
hey @effie i didnt think you were selfish at all. we all have our grief. remember its very recent too that your dad passed away. its normal for you to feel many feelings. its interesting that you heard footsteps in the house. i sometimes hear my mums voice. its nice to feel like i have some kind of connection in that way, even if it is just my brain coping with the loss. sometimes i write a letter to her and then wonder what she might write back to me and write that too. it sounds a bit silly but its my way of keeping connected, I guess. you are compassionate and kind to continue to be there for your mum and look after her. make sure you look after yourself too. i know it hurts when we feel like we are the ones pulling all the weight but others seem to just be cruising and unaffected. give yourself time. try to focus on your breathing, remind yourself whats important to you. and make sure youre eating well, drinking water, and try to get some good nights sleep. sometimes when im struggling a lot, i ask myself,”what would mum tell me right now” and the answer pops up. i dont know if my post helps you but i hope it does.December 29, 2020 at 5:59 am #13883
You are amazing Thanku so much
Your just what the doctor ordered.
Please take care of u. Speak soon.
My brother dropped off my 8 year old niece to stay for Afew days. We are gonna make pancakes. She’s a handful.
Will speak soon.
Ef ❤️January 9, 2021 at 1:55 am #13969
It’s been 11 weeks since we buried my dad. I still go to the cemetery daily and I still cry everyday. I’ve been judged for going everyday by my husband and it bothers me.
I miss dad.
I want to see him.
I’m still at a loss
EfJanuary 12, 2021 at 12:44 pm #13975MaryParticipant
Some of the best advice I have been given is that only you know how you need to grieve. So grieve in the way you feel is best. It is the hardest time, the most excruciating time, so you need to do what feels right. People who judge you usually have no idea how much pain you are in, so you need to put yourself before their judgements and comments. Your grief is a measure of your love, and it sounds as though you were so loving and committed to making your father’s life the best it could be. What a beautiful person you are. I hope you are able to take care of yourself while you go through this difficult journey. It is early days yet.January 23, 2021 at 10:15 pm #14094
Sorry for late reply.
Thanku so much for ur amazing reach out.
I’ve been struggling so much with loosing dad I’m just beside myself.
I’m going to the cemetery daily crying daily just completely lost and really empty.
But Thanku fir not judging me ur amazing.
EfFebruary 17, 2021 at 2:58 pm #14305SarahParticipant
Although it was harder than I thought to let my dad go through cancer, sharing how I did get through with others lets me remember how I found the strength and resilience to celebrate his life and cherish his memory, even through the sadness and loss.February 17, 2021 at 8:07 pm #14309
Hi and Thanku
I’m sorry but I just cannot move forward I’m really struggling. I can’t explain it.
But ThankuFebruary 20, 2021 at 9:28 pm #14316
Today my mum was struggling with a cough attack couldn’t breathe
I settled her down she over heated I felt like I saw my dad in her oh I freaked out. I’m feeling I’m going to go through the next stage in my life looking after mum. As my brother n sister have disappeared since dad passed away.
Have I just got sucker in my face or mud. Cos I’m really not seeing myself have a life at all. I’m seeing mum going and me not long after. My life was never my own.
I just want dad home with me.
Bad day.February 22, 2021 at 1:59 pm #14320onlinecommunityKeymaster
Hi @Effie, welcome back 😌. Saturday sounded like a really tough day. To help your mum through the coughing attack would have been very triggering after what you went through when you were caring for your Dad. Reliving these painful times in our life can land us in a space of acute grief all over again and weaken our sense of hope for recovery after loss.
Your dedication to your ailing parents is really inspirational – especially when you feel like you have had to do the whole thing on your own. Maybe every now and again you could focus on giving yourself the same kind of care and compassion. Maybe step outside yourself for a moment and think what you would do for ‘Effie’ who is struggling so much. Does she need to go out for a walk/grab a coffee at a local cafe/relax and watch a favourite TV show/practice some mindfulness/listen to some uplifting music/write in a journal…whatever it is that gives you a break and makes you feel good. It might give you at least a half-hour in your day when things are not so bad. And if you can string together more of these moments in your days and weeks then life becomes more bearable with hope for a better future for yourself.
Keep in touch. We are here for you. 🌸
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