Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of my fiancé’s father.
We are in New Jersey right now, commemorating him, and gathering with family and close friends in remembrance of such a wonderful man.
A man who helped shape my fiancé into the man he is today. A man whose generosity and love was palpable with all those he came in contact with. A man who welcomed me into his family with open arms, and made me feel so loved.
Walking through the grieving process with Steven has definitely been challenging, but I feel so honored to be able to be by his side during it.
I think sometimes we feel like we don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving, or that we’re going to say the wrong thing, or that we’re going to be a nuisance to someone who just wants to be alone, but what I have seen is that just being there is what matters. You don’t have to say much, just being present, a support, reminding them that they’re not alone, simply through your physical presence.
My fiancé’s family is incredible at that. Tonight, family and close friends are all gathering at the house. We’re going to pray the rosary and just be together with good food, good wine, and most likely some karaoke.
I have been so inspired by the way they are there for each other.
So if you could, please say a special prayer for us tonight, that my fiancé and his family feel the comfort and closeness of Jesus in their grief. May their hearts be filled with the joyful memories of his life well lived. And be comforted by the outpouring of love in this home tonight.
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