A Year, Briefly

On Saturday October 16th it will be a year since my father died. I’ve spent the last 365 days grieving, adjusting to the changes in my life and  trying to move forward. I’ve done all of these things with varying degrees of success and I will continue to do them for a long time.

Today, instead of dwelling on the loss of my father I’d like to thank him for being here for the first 35 years of my life; I wish we had more time but I’m grateful for all that we had. I’d like to thank my mother for doing the work of two parents this year. I’d also like to say thank you to all of my family and friends; you were here for me on the hardest day of my life and you  have been here for me ever since. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. Finally, thank you to my wife who helped me keep it together for most  the past year and picked me up when I fell apart.



Filed under Betheboy Dad Stories

13 responses to “A Year, Briefly

  1. I can’t believe it’s been a year. You’ve handled it with grace, my friend, and I’m glad you’ve had so many people around you to lend support during the hard times. RIP DadofBoy.

  2. I’m sure all of your friends agree there’s no need to thank them, it’s what people who love people do and even us folks out here on the internets love you.

  3. judy


    You know I truly understand what your going through. We lost some great dads this year. I love you and miss you. Judy

  4. *hugs* Your dad did a great job with you.

  5. Sending lots of hugs your way.

  6. cgreathouse

    you never cease to amaze and impress me. the honesty with which you have shared your experience is inspiring. i hope you know that.

  7. congratulations for getting through. a year passes so quickly.

  8. Keith Konior

    Will, your posts about your father have always been engaging and markedly heartfelt. You need to stop apologising about them and realise that the folks that follow the escapades of you and your lovely wife are there because we have actually grown to care about the both of you.

    The death of your dad was what what kicked me into first gear into getting back in touch with mine. We all think that our dads are invincible, but they ain’t. My father and I are talking now. He has mellowed out, and is always pleased to hear from me. In no small measure are you responsible for this.

    About this, Will, all I can say is “thank you.” You opened my eyes, and not a moment too soon. The old man ain’t doing so good, and I have flown back home to be with him until he goes away.

    Again, thank you.

    • betheboy


      Thank you very much for telling me that, I am grateful for the fact that I could help. I’m sorry to hear that your dad is not doing well but it’s great that the two of you are making time for each other.

      Wishing all the best to you and your family. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.



  9. I can relate. My Dad passed away last July.

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