Is closure even a THING?

It’s been three weeks since Dad died. I’m getting used to the idea.

wedding day
That’s Dad grinning with me on my wedding day.

But not really.

Maybe that’s the catch. I don’t actually want to be less sad about losing my father. It feels right to me that I’ll be sad not to have him around until I die and we’re together again. I hope I’ll get more used to the sadness–that it will become more familiar–but I don’t want it to go away. I don’t want to CLOSE this part of my heart and my life.

I brought home a huge stack of Dad’s CDs. He loved music–had an incredible record collection at one point–and many of my memories include his favorite soundtracks playing in the background. The last time I spoke to him, I could hear Andy Williams singing “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” on the CD player.

Over the weekend I remembered that I’d been meaning to order a Tex Ritter CD for him. Except I can’t now. I was going to record him telling some of his stories. Too late. I heard a news clip about politics in WV and I thought I’d mention it. Nope.

I remember moments I haven’t thought about in years. I think of things I’d like to say. I plan what we’ll do next time I’m in town . . .

And I’m glad. I’m glad he’s still so much with me that I forget he’s not. I hope if I live to be 90 I’ll still have moments when I think about giving my dad a hug . . . about telling him what’s going on in my life . . . about that question I’ve been meaning to ask.

I’m realizing that I don’t really want closure–whatever that is. What I want is to love and be loved now matter which side of the heavenly veil each of us is on.

I looked up the opposite of closure and Merriam-Webster said that would be continuation. Sounds right to me.

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

14 thoughts on “Is closure even a THING?

  1. I am so sorry about your dad! It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship. My dad died when I was 7, so I never really knew him. I relate to this more thinking about when my husband is no longer living and the impact it will have on our beautiful adult daughters!

  2. This is so true. Fifty-three years and I still long to discuss things with my dad. As time goes on, we get closer and closer to reunion.

  3. Sarah – my grandfather Phillips has been gone since 1965 and my father since 1995 and I still think of the things I
    wished I had asked them, especially about the family history. Memories are great. Thinking of you.

  4. Saddened to hear of your loss and relate to it. But I see strength rising up and a zeal to do so much more inherent in your writing. Give yourself fully to the nudge to explore and take a bigger leap, whatever it is that you have been mulling over. It will work out in your favour, in His time. Be blessed.

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