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-Kelly

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sad News

It's with a very heavy heart that I write this. My Dad passed away early Saturday morning. He was getting ready for work and had a massive heart attack. My Mom came home from work and and along with the help of a neighbor (thank you, Dana) tried to revive him. He's gone and my heart is broken. I feel broken. 

My Dad was the best Father on the planet. He was the best guy. He knew everyone and was friends with everyone. He always had a smile on his face and would even ask strangers how they were doing. He taught me to look people in the eye and smile. He was a kind man and a good man. He always did what he thought was best for all of us (even when we hemmed, hawwed and complained.) I knew this day would come and I knew that there would be a time when his daily phone calls would stop. I'm just devastated. 

I had set up a few blog posts the other day so that's what you'll be seeing the next couple of days. I don't know what I'm doing yet but I'll have my phone (internet) and will try to respond to anything anyone needs as soon as possible. I have some very big news coming up this week and I'm trying to keep busy so that I don't have to think about things. Art journaling has helped but nothing will fill the big gaping hole in my heart. 

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” Anne Lamott

Two of my Dad's favorite songs,

Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge "You'll Never Walk Alone"


and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"

I miss you, Daddy. I love you. Always.

77 comments:

Kay said...

my heart aches for you. I truly know how you feel. Take care of yourself.

Elaine Normandy said...

I am so sorry.

Mariposa said...

My condolences, Kelly. May your heart and your family find a little solace during this sad time.

Kelly said...

Truely Sad news, I am sorry for your loss. I know your dad will be greatly missed. Sending you and your family strength, and hugs.

Renelde Napoli said...

I'm so sorry Kelly. Don't rush to answer everyone's e-mails, take the time to grieve...

Anonymous said...

so very,very sorry Kelly. my most
heartfelt condolences.....
missy from the bayou

Jan said...

Kelly, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Jan said...

Kelly, my heart goes out to you and your family.

janey jennings said...

Oh Kelly, so, so, sorry. You're in my prayers.
Janey

Arlene said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. I'm
glad that you have warm memories to
comfort you. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Elizabeth said...

I am so sorry, Kelly.

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear this Kelly. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. I love the picture you have shared of him, he has such a kind face. Sending my sympathy to you and your family. xx

crimsoncat05 said...

oh my gosh, Kelly, I am SO sorry to read this! my prayers are with you and your family...

Melanie said...

Kelly, I am so, so very sorry. It will get easier ... but never better I am afraid. Three years later I still pick up the phone to call my mom for advice. And I miss her every single day.
Know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs, my dear friend.

Cheryl said...

My heart goes out to you, Kelly.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kelly
I am so sorry. Your Dad and the love you had for each other will live on in you and in your memories. Your father sounded a real gentleman and this will help you, the fact that he had cared about others, the fact that he loved you means that one day when you think of him you will feel peace, not grief. With my very best wishes to you and your family. Karenxx

Marie Z. Johansen said...

Such a terrible loss. I add my prayers and send you light and wishes for strength.

Debby said...

Oh Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know you very well except from reading your blog but I do remember you always were close to your dad. To lose someone so suddenly I think is harder than seeing someone through a long illness. My dad died of cancer about 8 years ago and it was a blessing when he no longer had to endure that. Again I am so sorry.

Sarah said...

I am so sorry. Your quote by Anne Lamott is perfect. He will always be with you. I lost my Dad a little over 20 years ago and I think of him every day. You have my sincere sympathy.

Jolene said...

Kelly, my arms are around you.

xox

Jolene said...

Kelly, my arms are around you.
xox

Jessica Loughrey said...

oh, kelly, i'm so sorry. my thoughts are with you.

jane eileen said...

I'm so so sorry. Lammott said it well. Take care.

sam aka sheila sabatino said...

Kelly--i am typing this e-mail crying--i always thought losing a child would be the worse thing a parent could endure--a parent loss is right up there--my mom and dad passed within a year of one another 4 years ago, i talk to them everyday--i could not shed a tear until my whole family went to the cemetary and had a picnic this year--that day, something released and i was able to tear up, finally, this began abit of healing with in my heart and soul--Kelly, you know how much i care about you--here's extra hugging from me to you and your family--xxxooo sam aka sheila sabatino

Anonymous said...

Kelly, even though I have not met you, I know how excruciating this pain is, as I lost my dad suddenly in much the same way. It devastated me more than any event ever in my life because I loved him so very much. There is not a great deal anyone can say to make this any easier, but I found it comforting when others told me it wouldn't always hurt this badly. I'm so sorry to hear you're having to deal with this, and I hope you have many friends and family to help you keep going just now. Hang in there. It will get better. Lee in West Palm Beach

MarleneMAZ said...

Kelly, there are no words to say but please know that I am thinking of you as you work through this.

l.wilks11 said...

I am so sorry for your loss......xx

tina's space said...

So so sorry to hear about your sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

There are no words right now to make you feel less grief stricken, but I want to tell you that I am thinking about you.

Lisa H. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

irene said...

Kelly, what sad news. I am sorry for your loss. Keeping busy right now seems the right thing. Your father looks like the kind of person you'd like to talk to everyday. You and your family are in my thoughts. xxo

Lori Leissner said...

Hi, Kelly. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My dad died the same way almost four years ago. It seems like a lifetime, now. I didn't know that the word "heartbroken" was literal until then...the pain is really right there in your heart.

Your family is in my prayers.

Lori

Janet Ghio said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father.

Kelly Warren said...

So very sorry for your loss, Kelly. A great Dad is definitely a hole that cannot be filled but I think that quote you shared is a beautiful sentiment. I hope it and your beautiful memories of your dad can bring you peace in the very hard days to come. Sending you and your family hugs and prayers.

Becky said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Kelly. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Gloria Hansen said...

Kelly, I am sending you hugs, love, and strength during this difficult time. While i only know you through your blog, I feel your pain. I miss my dad daily.

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

I'm so so sorry to read this news Kelly. I lost my mom suddenly last year and I know that devastating pain. The quote by Anne Lamott is wonderful. Sounds like your Dad was a wonderful man. Big virtual hugs to you.

teri said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My dad passed away four years ago, and I have missed him every day since.

Christine said...

Kelly I am so sorry to hear about your Dad my condolences to you and your family.

Carol said...

So sorry for your sudden loss Kelly. Hope you find time to grieve and heal.

Bev said...

So sorry for your loss Kelly and know how broken u must feel sending prayers your way ....

hugz bev

Ali said...

I am so very sorry for your loss Kelly, lifting you and your family up in prayer.

brigitte said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. i will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Nicole Austin said...

i'm so sorry to hear this. my heart goes out to you and your family. sending warm thoughts. may he rest in peace and may you take the time you need to grieve.

Anonymous said...

Kelly:
So sorry for your loss. Definately heart wrenching.
Thank you for sharing during this truly painful time.
It's especially hard losing someone as good hearted and kind as your dad. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Alex

mary said...

My deepest condolences to you and your family!

mary said...

My deepest condolences to you and your family!

kass said...

Thinking of you from across the pacific, Kelly. We lost a close family friend last weekend the same way, a man I've known as "Pa" since I was a child, so I share your sadness. Much love xx

jonreneewebb@msn.com said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your dad.

Tomingo said...

SO sorry for your loss

Sandy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. No words can make it better. I'm here if you need me. Much love and hugs for you. Your family is in my prayers.

Tammy said...

My heart goes out to you Kelly. I lost my Father to leukemia a few years ago and he was my rock. I understand. Take care of you.

Tammy said...

My heart goes out to you Kelly. I lost my Father to Leukemia a few years ago and he was my rock. I understand. Take care of you.

Ms. Scott said...

I'm so sorry, Kelly. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. You are in my thoughts!
-Shawsha

Tania said...

so sorry Kelly

Coral Lee said...

Oh Kelly,
Am so sad to hear of your loss. No words can give you comfort. Nothing can take the pain away.

Your art friends are thinking of you and sending you comforting thoughts.

"When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know"

Hugs - Coral.

Kathryn said...

Kelly my stomach turned when I read your post. Having lost my own father several years ago I know how crushing it can be when you lose someone you love. There are no words to take the pain away but I wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and sending you some big hugs.

Jazz said...

Kelly, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jazz

Debbie said...

So very sorry Kelly... Sending hugs to you and all of your family as you travel this difficult road. Know that you have a huge circle of friends out here that will always be here to lend you a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen to your stories and when the time comes.. to laugh and make art with you whenever we can.

xoxo

Rachel Wallace said...

There is something so very very special about a little girl and her daddy. That never goes away. I feel your loss as I lost my sweet Daddy several years ago. Remember, he will always be with you. Lots of hugs, lots of good thoughts and prayers and what Renelde said . . . Don't answer all the emails. You need time for you.
~Rachel from Colorado

Desert Mermaid said...

I can't imagine. I'll be holding all your family in my heart.

eli said...

So very sorry Kelly, hugs to you.

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My dad passed away in February and lately I keep breaking in to sobs thinking about him. I'm a stranger, but if you need to talk or cry, I'm here.

Cindy Swan-Eagan said...

So sorry for your loss, Kelly.

trish quilty said...

Dear Kelly: I just read the terrible news today. I am so sorry and send my heartfelt condolences for you and your family..
Reread all the lovley remarks everyone wrote. They are genuine in their comments and may help to console you somewhat.
Your memories are what will sustain you. My thoughts and prayers and a hug for you.
patq

Tricia Allen said...

Kelly I am soo soo sorry to hear the news. Anything I can do for you please let me know. You have become such a good friend to me in such a short time I would like to be there for you anyway I can. I can tell your daddy taught you well.
Big Hugs to you and your family

Mary G. said...

Dear Kelly,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

martha brown said...

I'm so sorry Kelly. I'm thinking about you..... Strangley, a few weeks ago I chose What a Wonderful World as my poem of the week for this week (at school). I uploaded the same video. It's one of my favourite songs. I would have liked your dad. He sounds really wonderful :)
xox

laurie said...

i am so very sorry, kelly. my heart breaks for you and for the world that will not be as good of a place without your dad in it. please take good care of yourself - rest, tears, food, hot tea, long walks, hot baths, and good memories.

Marjorie Grace-Sayers said...

Kelly,
I've taken several of your classes and I was so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your beloved father. He sounds like he was a wonderful dad and I hope you will have those memories in your heart forever.

Kitten said...

Oh Kelly...
My heart is with you & yours..your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. I lost my Dad in 1988 & I miss him to this day. I'm sending lots of good healing energy your way.

Sherri Cassell said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I know what it is like to lose a wonderful father, my dad passed away three years ago. My prayers are with you.

lynne h said...

kelly, i am just seeing this... i feel shocked. i felt like i knew him a little just from what i've read here over the years. i always feel that there are no words to say in the face of a loved one leaving - it just leaves such a *hole*; but i know you know that i am sending you love, and i thank your father for being one of two people who brought you into this world.

love,

lynne

Cory said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my only brother May 14th. We shall grief together.
Sending you light and prayers.

diane.ca said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.

diane.ca said...

I am svery very sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family.