Oh my goodness, THANK YOU! I am completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sympathy on the loss of my dad. It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks, but I have felt loved along the way. Nothing has been able to completely reach that continual ache in my heart, but some things have certainly helped to dull the sting. I thought I would list a few for you in case you are in a similar position, or know of someone who is.
1. Dark Chocolate
Seriously? Need I say more? For the hurting heart, this is a necessity…not a suggestion. Allow me to recommend some of my recent favs.
- Chuao Firecracker Dark Chocolate Bar, Chipotle, Salt and Popping Candy
This bar is fun. It is sweet, savory and carbonated. It wakes up your mouth, makes you giggle, and reminds you that you’re alive.
- Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims
These things are addictive. They are thin pretzel chips smothered in dark chocolate. I dare you to try and eat just one!
- New Tree Chocolate Bars
- Smoked Gouda
- Trader Joe’s 1000 Layer Crackers (Tastes like a savory shortbread cookie.)
- Ak-mak Whole Wheat Crackers
- Twinings Lady Grey Tea
- Stash Decaf Chai Spice Tea
7. Encouraging Words
When we are hurting, a word aptly spoken can be like apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11). So many times when someone is grieving, we simply have no idea what to say. We fear saying something stupid or trite and so fumble through our condolences. Here is something a friend said to me that I found perfect:
I never knew your dad all that well, but I know you well, and it tells me all I need to know of him. I am sorry you lost such an amazing man you loved so dearly. You are his ‘Beth Stamp’ on this world, a part of him that he temporarily left behind that speaks to who he was, and I am sure that he looks down on you with more love and pride than you can imagine.
How about you? What helps ease the ache in your heart? Talk to me. I’ve missed ya!!!