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A Debt of Gratitude
gift for him. When the big day came, I had the tribute ready. I wanted to read it aloud, but there were a lot of friends and relatives there, and I knew I would get very emotional. I was about to chicken out, but my daughter said, “Mom, you can’t just give it to him. You have to read it to him. It’ll mean so much more.” So through laughter and tears and with great emotion I made it through. When I finished, my dad said, “That is the best gift anyone has ever given me.” Little did I know, however, that I would never see him again this side of heaven. He died of an aneurysm the very next day. Writing that tribute has helped me deal with my dad’s death. When a loved one dies, we often have regrets of what we didn’t say or do. Guilt can seep in and overwhelm us. But it has brought me great comfort knowing that I was able to express my love and gratitude to him in a way I’ll never forget. I cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done in making my