One of the pillars of my life left this earthly life on September 9, 2019.
My father was not sick, he had a cerebral embolism letting him unconscious almost immediately.
My brother, sister and I were able to get to our hometown fast. I gotta admit those were the longest 15 hours of my life. And seeing my father on a hospital bed, the most terrifying thing ever.
We were able to be with him on his last days of life. It helped us talk to him, release emotions, cry and tell him how much we love him and how thankful we are.
My father was and is a man of honour. His loyalty, respect and service for others were intact. He always said “better friends than money”.
Besides his close family and in-laws, he was very appreciated and respected and it was shown with the flow of people who went to visit him at the hospital, the flow of people who gave us condolences and the flow of people who are still reaching us by phone or coming to our home.
He left us an empire of love. Much more love than I even imagined, I had an idea, but I didn’t know the extension of it. I saw it in all the family, friends, and unknown people (to me), with all their appreciation and words towards him and us.
Even when it hurts, it has been easy for me, my mom, my siblings, nephews and niece to let him go. We remain full of gratitude and love.
There are no regrets, everything was said and he didn’t suffer, which is the most important part.
We were ready to receive him back home, we rearrange my parents’ bedroom with a hospital bed and everything. And he died the night before.
I’m sure he didn’t want to be back and have extended suffering for him, being such an active person. And for us to become a burden.
He has left this life and with it, he leaves a huge quantity of teachings, values, life lessons, love and the task to learn to live without him following his steps.
We are full of gratitude and love in this empire of love that gives us the strength we need to move forward.
I wish for you, to be in peace and love with the people around you, and enjoy life as much as you can. So when a loved one leaves, suddenly or not, it’s easy to let him/her go. Because we can never be ready for these situations.
I know tougher days are to come, each of us is coming back to our daily life where we have to be. The time to grief individually will arrive.
I had lost one pillar, and I have gained an empire of love that supports me now, stronger than ever.
Gracias papá por tanto. Te amo.
Tu hija Eugenia.