Daniel constantly impresses me and blesses me. He is an incredible father. He loves so well. His love for me, Ginny, and Chet reminds me that we are loved by God; so often it feels like God loves us through Daniel. I’m thrilled Chet will be raised by him, by someone with such a good heart…
- He’s the father of two but has yet to see either child look up at him.
- He bravely cut an umbilical cord blackened by death and still has hope to cut a living cord.
- He gets asked, “How’s Aimee?” 50 times for every one time he gets asked, “How are you?”.
- He receives advice to be strong for me while knowing I need him to be broken with me.
- He wants to fix things more than anything but knows he can’t. He still tries.
- He is always looking for ways to improve himself and better serve me.
- He is ready to take me to the hospital at a moment’s notice. He’s ready to face anything together.
- He mourns all the father-daughter experiences he is missing with Ginny.
- He is eager to have all the father-son experiences with Chet (starting with watching Game 7 of the 2016 World Series).
- He read The Hobbit aloud to Chet as soon as he learned Chet could hear in the womb.
- Even though he isn’t allowed at doctor’s appointments, he sits right outside in the car for moral support. He wants to be as close as possible.
- He held his daughter’s body and wept.
- He never left my side.
- He is filled with grief and love and hope and fear and sorrow and kindness and bravery and joy and laughter.
- He is a wonderful father.
Father’s Day can be complicated and difficult for bereaved dads. Loss fathers don’t get the sympathy and concern that loss mothers do. But they carry their grief and trauma and sorrow along with the weight of the mother’s pain on their shoulders. They deserve to be loved, supported, and honored on Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s Day, Daniel! Thank you for being the best dad to Ginny and Chet and the best partner to me!