I know a lot of you believe when someone dies there is a "Heaven" and the hopeful promise of an "Afterlife". Working in a hospital for many years has not only made me cynical of this absurd notion, but seeing my only father's body pickled with embalming fluid didn't make me a believer either. My two younger sisters needed a spiritual outlet during the visitation and funeral. I, instead, sat in a ugly, cheap, uncomfortable wooden pew and stared at the body of one of the two people on the planet who gave me life. I was FULLY AWARE my father wasn't there. I cried like a baby. I will NEVER again feel his big, strong arms around me. I will NEVER see him again. I'm angry. Life is terribly difficult to live through and then we all die. If I seem cyncial, I totally am. Maybe my father's death would seem easier for me if I believed in the impossible, but I am confident in my opinion that there are no "Angels of Mercy" to wing us all to an imaginary set of pearly white gates. I loved my father while he was alive. I love him still now that he is gone. We only get the one life. My only hope is that my father didn't suffer long from his Sudden Cardiac Arrest.View Thread
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