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  1. Anonymous says

    Beautifully written, as always your ability to share your emotions through writing is incredible. God’s strength to you and your family on the loss of your dad. One day at a time.

  2. Olivia says

    What a beautiful piece of writing Shelly. Remember what I said to you. Just because theres one piece of your puzzle missing doesn’t mean the rest of it isn’t beautiful. Maybe you’ll find that piece one day, and your puzzle will feel complete again❤️

    Love you friend

  3. beth says

    beautiful and so thoughtful. grief is never a straight path and we each stumble our way through it in our own way and as best we can. you are his legacy, no need to look further.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks Michelle~ it’s incredible that people say that time heals all wounds. In reality, we just grow bigger around our pain and learn to cope with it.

  4. Delicate and brutal says

    What a beautiful tribute to your father. I know there are no words to provide much comfort as you grieve. Just know that I am here if you need to vent, cry, talk, scream, or be silent. Sending you love and hugs my friend.

  5. Anonymous says

    This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. I love the metaphor of the puzzle. It has been a helpful one for me in my own healing journey. I also find myself on the doorstep of this type of grief that you describe here. I’m losing my mom. 💔

  6. Anonymous says

    Grief is so complex and there is no time limit for grief. Since it comes in waves one moment you’re okay and accepting the loss and then the next moment you’re crying. Grief is something so familiar to me and it really sucks. All I can say is do feel the emotions, don’t suppress them. Also, much much prayers for you and your family because I know how hard this is. Beautiful piece and beautifully written. Your father is very proud of you.

  7. petespringerauthor says

    My parents lived full and meaningful lives. I miss them, but what comforts me is that I think they’d be proud of the person I’ve become. They would also be proud of their grandson and the man that he has become. I think the best way to pay tribute to my parents is living our lives the way they would—by adding something positive to a sometimes imperfect world. The old adage that “everyone grieves differently” is true, and I hope you allow yourself all the time you need.

  8. mindbeautysimplicity says

    shelly, this post [ as you know] hits so close to home. my father’s birthday is today [ nov. 11th] it seems we have a lot in common. i applaud you for sharing your stories of losing both your mom and dad. always know, i am someone who can and will be a listening ear to you during these times. as i was reading, i could feel all the emotion and it even brought tears to my eyes. sending so much love your way. <3

    • Shelly DS says

      Gosh B, this is so strange and yet so comforting! I really do hope you are doing ok during this time. It’s comforting to know that there is someone across the globe who completely understands 💖I’m here for you too hun! Will DM you my number 😘

  9. mummyconqueringanxiety says

    Such a beautiful and well written post. Its admirable you’re so honest and open about what you’ve been through.

    Sending love & hugs. I am sorry for your loss.

    I absolutely love the analogy of the incomplete puzzle. I think life in general is that way. Since I’ve accepted I will never ‘complete’ the puzzle of life or be perfect, I’m doing a lot better mentally.

  10. bosssybabe says

    Beautiful post, Shelly. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can imagine the loss of a parent is immensely painful. I commend you for taking the time to put your thoughts into this post and give us a peak into what you’re going through- it’s not easy. And your puzzle analogy is right on- life is about finding the puzzle pieces and putting it together where they naturally fit. ❤️🙏

  11. AllehPhoenix says

    I kept reading this and going “that’s exactly how I feel”! I lost my brother September 12th of this year very suddenly. Grief sucks. Thank you for writing about it so poetically.

    • Shelly DS says

      Oh gosh I’m really sorry for your loss. I’ve never lost a sibling so can only imagine what you’re going through. Sending lots of hugs and prayers, and I’m glad you could find even a drop of comfort in this piece💖


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