Wright Words: Son admits after 25 years: 'I have not mourned my father very well'

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 21, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    My father passed away a year ago, on December 3rd. I have my own children, and they, along with me, miss him very much -- as well as my sister who passed six months before him.

    I have considered the church policy regarding contact with full-time missionaries and how too frequent of contact proves to be distracting to them in serving their missions fully, I wonder if excessive grief and regrets does the same thing for our loved ones who have passed. How difficult is it for them to become fully engaged in their current missions beyond the veil if they are constantly distracted and weighed down by those who are 'back at home' mourning their absence.

    I too miss my father, but I am so grateful for all he did for me. I regret that I wasn't always at my best as his son, but I try to focus on how I might be now and eagerly look forward to the ultimate missionary home coming.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 20, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    None of us get out of this life alive.
    Let it go, and live.

  • Whip Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Losing my own father 21 years ago, and much too early, I've come to realize that every moment with those we love is precious. It took losing my own husband at age 50 for it to really hit home, sadly!

  • ret.navymom Monroe, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing you thoughts and memories. I think your feelings are more universal than you realize. No matter how young or old we are when we lose a parent we feel regret of time not spent with them.

  • caring51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    This article hits home in many ways. My father died on Christmas day -- it is not a sad day, but one that we remember because we were all there to say good-bye. He was a true Christian with many talents and lived his life with skills, hard working ethics, and integrity. He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, you listened. My greatest tribute to him, would be to live my life as he did and also to try to never do anything to disgrace the family name. He set the standard for character and was an honorable man his entire posterity respects. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me to remember the times I too had.