Thoughts on a New Year, and the Death of My Father

It’s been an interesting 2011. I can’t say that it was a bad year — it was mostly good things. Unfortunately, it ended on a sad note.

My father passed away early Christmas morning.

This wasn’t sudden. He had been in poor health for some time, but the realizations and memories still hit hard. You can never really prepare yourself enough.

I still had a good holiday, but there are parts that will be hard for me to handle for a while. Like Christmas music… my father had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. It is hard for me to hear some of those songs now.

My hopes for 2012 are to continue to improve my life, my skills, and achieve goals. There are projects I hope to finish and start, and new things I hope to learn. Some will be scheduled to match what friends are planning, many are simply because I want to do them.

I am sorry I’ve been quiet here for a while. I’ve been trying to keep busy, and I had plenty on my mind as well.

I wasn’t sure I would post about this, but I thought at least a brief entry and photo would help me. I hope to post more upbeat things soon, but I don’t know how often I will update regularly.

It will be a long process to heal, but I have good friends and family, and an amazingly wonderful husband who understands what I’m going through.

Thank you for reading. I hope there are many good things in store for all of you in the future.

Best wishes.

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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9 Responses to Thoughts on a New Year, and the Death of My Father

  1. It was definitely a rough ending to a good year. While I know you wish you had done more sewing and other things, given how things dragged on with Dad, you still did a lot. That’s a very tough thing hanging over your head for several years, and this past year was the roughest of them all. I miss the hell out of the guy; I’m definitely glad we were a part of each others lives πŸ™‚

    Healing takes time, but you’ve handled all this with a grace and focus few people have. It happened, and you deal with it and you keep moving forward, even if some of the times are slower than others. Now, there’s an opportunity to pause and remember the good things — not think about how he’s lying in a nursing home on a ventilator just waiting. He loved you and all you do so much, and while it’s something that will never be over, I’m glad you can head into 2012 with a renewed drive and make it a year Dad would have been proud to see.

  2. Mme Berg says:

    I’m sorry about your father, Cynthia! The first Holiday without a loved one is always… Well, you know πŸ™ All the best for 2012!

  3. Mary says:

    I love the picture you post here. I echo what Chris has said, knowing what a difficult loss this but also knowing that 2012 can still be a great year. Wishing you that, and more!

  4. Isis says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss.

  5. Thank you very much, everyone. I’ve had wonderful support from everyone I know, and it’s helped a lot. It’s been hard, but I think the healing has begun even though there will understandably be bumps in the road. Best wishes to you all πŸ™‚

  6. Caroline says:

    Hi Cynthia, my thoughts are with you. Im very sorry for your loss. May 2012 only get better πŸ™‚

  7. Thank you, Caroline πŸ™‚

  8. Ali says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, that breaks my heart. Take care of yourself and give yourself time to heal. I’m sure you have a load of friends and family to bolster you up and support you, but if you need another I am here anytime πŸ™‚

    Love and positive thoughts going your way.

  9. Thank you, Ali. That means a lot to me. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve been well. Best wishes to you!

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