I just read a comment. It had a very profound affect on me. The comment is both painful to read but inspiring at the same time. The comment is written by philippa, her comment shows such courage and wisdom while in the midst of great personal pain. Her message is nothing short of inspirational.
December 4, 2007 at 9:05 pm edithi ya im philippa im 14. i wouldnt no how it feels to die but my dad has been sufering since my birthday 16 of june dieing slowly and painfully!! he has a brain tumor and when i go to se him it makes me no how lucky i am! at the moment everyday is a bonus for my dad so i just want to say how lucky we all are to be on this earth!!
Dear Philippa, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s medical condition. I really do wish I had some words I could say that would ease your father’s pain and that which you and your family are feeling. I am glad you are able to spend time with you dad and that you realize and appreciate how lucky we are to have the ones that we love in our lives. You are so young to be facing the pain and the lose as you are. Please know you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I hope you don’t mind I am going to contact you directly by email. I have some internet sites to recommend that may help you at least in some small way.
I am asking here please for many many comments of support for this brave young lady. I accompany this with a huge please for prayers of love and support for her and family. Please lets shower her with the love and support of the entire blogging community.
She has no blog and left the comment just via the internet, tonight or tomorrow, I will be contacting her inviting her to return to the site. I pray there are countless replies of love and support for her to read. Please join me in at least trying to provide a feeling of love and support. I know we can do it. I just posted a blanket request on the sites of so many of my blogging friends. I hope I have not offended any
Hi, Philippa, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You are a brave young lady to be able to see that each day is a bonus for you and for him. My dad died when I was five but I still have him with me in my heart every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Big hug. Kelly
Hi, Philippa. Just want to say you and your father will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Ann
Hi Philippa, you and your family are in my thoughts. I am so sorry to hear about your dad.
There are few things harder than having someone that we love go through a painful disease and then leave us. There are also not many things that are more special than the real moments of love and appreciation shared between two people.
It sounds like, through this experience, you are seeing the importance of each moment.
You and your dad will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I’m so sorry to hear about your father. My own dad is slowly dying from a degenerative bran disorder — his brain is essentially slowly turning off. I’m twenty-years-old and my younger siblings are seventeen and twelve. Like you, none of us are the age people typically are when they’re dealing with losing a parent, which can make me feel very isolated because none of my peers really understand the same level of loss and grief I’m dealing with as I watch my dad slowly slip away from me.
Watching my dad die does make me value the beauty of life to a degree I never did before. You’re right, we are lucky to be on this earth.
I know that I sometimes need to talk about what’s going on with my dad, or even just vent about it. If you’d like to talk, I’d love to email with you. I don’t have anything grand or helpful to say, but I do understand what it’s like to lose your father much too soon, and I can listen. You can drop off a comment on my blog (link bellow) and I’ll shot an email your way if you’d like to talk through email.
Dear Philippa, I’m glad you wrote to Bill to share your message. I’m sending many prayers to you and your dad. Blessings for you and your family.
Hi Phillipps – I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s illness; we’re all thinking of you and sending you our hugs and support. Bless you.
Your dad has raised an incredibly wise and spiritual young woman. He is leaving you as a bequest to the world. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand. I wrote an essay on my blog called Dying: A Family Rite of Passage describing how it was for me and my family when my father died of cancer. I hope it can help you in some way.
It shows great wisdom and courage on your part to be able to see the ‘gift’ of the Present Moment while faced with a very painful situation. It’s obvious to me that you are surely a great strength to your father and family at this time, and I want you to know that you are not alone! The angels are there with you and your dad, and God’s Spirit is there to comfort you all.
I add my prayers to the rest. May your father be touched with Divine Healing Love, and may you all experience supernatural peace while you walk through this challenging time in your journeys.
Everyday is a bonus!
Two of my kids lost their Mother to lung cancer when they were little. They also watched her pain…and knew that she would die. They were much younger…and didn’t really get to grasp all of it as you do. It seems that you learned of it on your birthday…and know that will probably be a memory for you for just about forever.
I know that your love for you Dad really helps him right now. It must be so hard for him to know he is going to leave you. Make good memories too…write things down so that when you’re my age you can read back on how much you grew up during this time. These past few months for you and him…and the rest of your family have been tough. But you have great strength. And that will help get you past the hard stuff.
Lots of strangers sending you lots of hugs and love and prayers….me too.
Phillippa, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You are a very strong and wise women for your years. I pray that you find comfort and peace during this trying time…
Dear Philippa, my prayers are going to Goddess’s ears for your father, you and the rest of your family.
Dear Bill, thank you for posting this. Even in your own moment of pain, you still have the strength to give. Prayers for you as well…
Feel all the LOVE here…and know that it will hold you, as you are experiencing this.
Sharing all the LOVE in my heart,
Even though we have never met, I know that your soul is seeking to find answers for your aching heart. You found Bill’s site and wrote to him because you felt something stirring deeply within your soul. As friends of Bill’s, we are sending you our messages of love and light so that your soul can find some peace in this time of turmoil. I am so sorry to hear about your father’s illness and acknowledge your pain.
You know Philippa, I have seen the hand of the angels touch my mother and stroke her face gently when she nearly died twice – first in a near-fatal accident, and later, a second time, related to another brain injury. Although I was lucky enough to have my mother returned to me, I grieved for her precious life many, many times. You too, will grieve for your father’s life during his struggle and his fight for survival. You will be touched and amazed by his tough spirit and his strength. If and when the angels do decide to take him away, know that he will be surrounded by the love and light of his family that has gone before him. You and your father are surrounded by loving angels.
Our prayers are with you Philippa. You are a very strong woman and you are capable of anything that you set your heart and mind to. Know that you are loved and supported.
Bill – You never cease to amaze me with your dignified sense of human compassion. Thank you for being the strong man that you are. You are LOVED and you are APPRECIATED….
I add my thoughts and prayers to the others here. Know that even more are praying for you and your dad than have actually left a comment here.
Dear Philippa, myself and my family offer you and your family our love, understanding and compassion. you are not alone. we are all here for you. please call if you ever need to talk. love gail (604) 515 -7667….you can call collect if you need to, we live in British Columbia, Canada, take care darling and know that whatever happens your dad will always be right inside your heart whenever you need him or miss him. love gail
THERE ARE TIMES IN ONE’S LIFE WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS–let this be a time when you draw strength from all the people that are scattered around ,who are praying for you and feeling your pain.
to be able to handle an event like this at your age and write the way that you do ,says that you are a very special person .
in time you will be able to celebrate the greatness of a man who you will be proud enough to call your father.
take care young lady as you you feel the wind beneath your wings and soar even higher.
celebrate your life by not taking anything for granted and whatever set your mind to, persevere and make your father proud–i know i would be!
I am adding my prayers for you and your family. My mother died last year and, although the loss is one of the hardest things I ever had to go through, I find great comfort knowing she is now with me always. The love never dies. You are wise beyond your years to already know the lesson some of us never learn – cherish each moment. My blessings to you, your father, and the rest of your family.
Brooklyn New York
Hey, Philippa. 🙂 Your dad may not die just yet. It may be God’s will that he hang around with you all a while longer, eh? We will be praying so!!! Either way, he is very much alive right now and loves you very much, I’m sure. If ever you worry about him feeling alone in his pain or at night or something, know that Jesus the Son of God went through the same and worse suffering, too — and He will be strongly there with your dad, even if nobody knows it.
God bless you. Grow up strong and if you have to smile for two by then, then smile for two! You and your dad will know.
Hi Philippa, what a strong young `un you are indeed!! Good for you to find Bills nice and great site. Obviously you`re going thru` something not many youngsters go thru` at all and it must be very painful for you to see your Dad like this…
You have a lot of love for him and I bet he loves you so much. Whatever happens, whatever the outcome, your Dad will always be with you in spirit and in your heart, I wish you Strength Love and Compassion for the future and hope that your Dad will be alright, lots of love to you and all your family.
Sending love and peace to you and your dear Dad.
There are somethings which cannot die.
Like love and friendship and dreams of a better day.
Enjoy every day.
Know that you are held in our hearts and our prayers,
With love, Maithri
“Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection-Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of rest, a state of peace , where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.” -Alma 40:11-12 from the Book of Mormon
“And he(Jesus Christ) shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and sicknesses of his people.
And he will upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people: and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” -Alma 7:11-12 from the Book of Mormon
“Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him” -Alma 58:11 from the Book of Mormon
“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
He is the life and the light of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.” -Mosiah 16:8-9 from the Book of Mormon
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…” -St. John 11:25-26
Philippa, I hope these words of comfort will help you in your trying times. Jesus Christ knows your pain and sorrows as well as your father’s. He took them upon Himself when He fulfilled the Atonement(where He bled in the Garden of Gethsemane, dying on the Cross, and being resurrected three days later). He volunteered to take upon Himself everyone’s pains, sickness, weaknesses, and illnesses, so that He may know how to comfort us. I know that He lives and that He has a plan for all of us. I know that there is a resurrection and that everyone will live again, being free from death, and that we will be able to see all our loved ones. I know these things are true because I have prayed to my Heavenly Father and asked Him for the truth of these things and He has confirmed them to my heart and soul by the power of the Holy Ghost. I type these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you wish to learn more about how you can have your father for eternity and how you can receive the peace that these verses of scripture speak of, call 1-888-537-6777 or visit http://www.mormon.org
Godbless and God speed to you and your family.
Enjoy the time that you have with your dad. Spend time with him, and enjoy him, listen to his stories. Look for help from those you trust, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Much loving support for you, Philippa. What you are going through, and your Dad is going through, is so very very hard… Hugs to you, my dear, for whatever comofrt that brings….
Dear Philippa, I am sorry to hear of your Father’s condition. I pray that the Lord God in His infinite mercy will help you all through this process. I also pray that He will shower you with mercy from all directions. That your financial needs will be meet as well as your spiritual ones. Know that you have many praying for you dear heart. Loving thoughts are being sent to you. xoxo Nita
You are a brave thoughtful young lady to search the internet…….
I want you to know that you are not alone. There are at least 26 people and our families who are sending you our prayers.
We all pray in our own way.
I will burn some sweetgrass and sage and send an offering of love for your family.
In the mean time, I recently lost my father.
This has helped me…I hope it helps you
a very special person sent it to me
There are holes in my heart from the losses in my life. I try to let the warmth of others fill some of those holes. It happens without me noticing, without my permission, without my efforts. Im so grateful that I am so loved by the amazing people in my life.
But when it is still,,,when a memory presses into my soul-some unsolicited thought finds me…..The depth of those holes become revealed…once again.
Over and over I wll recognize the losses in my life.
Never forgotten….forever loved
all my relations
*hugs to you and your family*
And what a hard thing to have to do at any age.
My mother died when I was young–I still miss her and hold her in my heart no matter where I go. But I do know how hard it was, how alone I felt.
I’m glad for the note you left Bill….
Please know you’re welcome here any time…..all the time.
And really, you don’t have to go through it alone.
You’ll be in a whole lot of people’s prayers tonight….and tomorrow….and the next day. And forever in your father’s heart.
*sending hugs and prayers*
I know this thing happen for a reason, God has a purpose.I admire your courage and your outlook in life your trule incredible child.I can imagine the pain you feel everytime you see your father suffer.I hope and pray that God will give you more courage and strenght to overcome this thing.
Your dad is lucky to have a child like you.Just show your dad how much you love her day by day.
Rest assured that your dad will be part of my prayer……
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts Phillipa! I know it is scary. I will pray for comfort and peace for both you and dad! God bless you all during this time of uncertainty!
Love & peace!!!
Philippa, I too can’t imagine how it feels to die, but I know how hard it is to know that a loved one is dying. Still, as you hinted at, there is great beauty in every lived moment, no matter how tough the circumstances. Even in dying or suffering we can live fully alive! You are blessed to have caught a glimpse of this, Philippa. Carry it throughout all of your life. And know that I hold your dad, you, and your family in my heart and prayers. Sister Julie
I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I know I’m sorry because I was in a similar situation. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 12. No amount of comfort can take away that immediate pain, but the comfort of others is a marvellous thing that slowly, ever so slowly, eases that pain.
It never goes away, but becomes a beautiful series of memories of happy times you had together that will sustain you throughout life. I’m 52 years old and they are still with me, and with those memories, I know my mother is too.
Trust me, you will feel this way as well. And it will sustain you.
I’m sorry about your father. What I know is this: People are only here for a short time and if we have a chance to be with them and love them we’re pretty lucky. Enjoy what time you have with your father – however long that might be. For all of us time is an uncertain thing so for me, I try to love those that I care about with all my heart as much as I can. It helped me when my mom was dying to remember to take time for me too – I needed some time to think, to re-group at times and to just be me and live in the moments.
Much love to you and to your family. I wish you all the best. By the way, if you want to contact anyone here if their names are lit up in blue above their comments that means you can click them to get to their blogs. Just a thought if you wanted or needed to contact anyone here.
Remember, no matter where we go, we can take our loved ones in our hearts and our minds with us – anywhere, anytime.
Peace and love to you today.
Peace to you and your dad today. I cannot imagine what it’s like to suffer as you all are. I am moved by your courage and your sweetness. Know that we are all praying for you and your family…your dad especially.
Your father must be a very special man for he has raised a strong, insightful and amazing daughter. Your words here have touched so many people. Sending prayers, love and hugs to you, your dad and your family. Phillippa, the love and the special bond that you share, every old memory and those yet to come, will last forever come what may and so though sometimes we may be apart from those we love by distance or time, they live within our hearts and are always with us. Extra hugs just for you.
I just wanted to say that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Yes, everyday is a bonus day! I pray that the pain subsides also.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your father, Phillippa.
Sending all the love of all the Angels as we collectively call them to your side. There are thousands with your father right now, laying peace and warmth in his heart. Draw on them during this difficult time and continue – with a wisdom that belies your age and is surely Divinely sent – to live each and every moment in the present and rejoice in what you have with your father and in who he is. Sending you all my love and prayers.
Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have lost both parents and that experience has deepened my faith that love is eternal. Your dad will always be with you, but just in a different way. He is very lucky to have such a caring daughter!
I came here from Autumn’s blog. U r in my thoughts from this very moment. I lost my dad when I was 16…no one expected it. But I became who I am today, cos of my dad..meaning, both his life and death hv changed me into a better humanbeing.
Whatever it will be, ride the waves sweetie and be strong. Life and Death r a part of all of us. U’ll know when ur much older. TC n HUGGGGGGGGGGZ!
Thoughts and Prayers
All my thoughts and prayers to you and your dad Philippa
Philippa, I wish you peace as you face the loss ahead.
I am sorry to hear about your dad.
We can often find a greater significance in everything and anything around us when we are going through these experiences. I hope all the comments here help in some way to comfort and support you.
I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you both.
Sending lots of prayers and positive energy your way. So sorry to hear of your father’s illness.
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