unsure how to go on with life after losing my dad in 2019

hello again

i lost my dad to cancer in 2019 when i was freshly 18. 

i have not made much progress in my grieving process, but am starting to try and figure out my feelings.

i realised a few years back that my dad left at a time in my life when i was not doing well mentally, and he will never see me if i ever thrive

hes already missed a few milestones(?) in my life, getting my first girlfriend, my first proper job, finishing college, learning to drive, and im realising ill never have my dad walk me down the aisle if i ever want to get married, i wont have him to talk to when things go wrong. i never got to have a dram with him like he promised we would do. 

my dad loved my first girlfriend as we were friends beforehand and she loved him, and i know he would have been so happy for us. it hurts that i wont have the chance to introduce future girlfriends to him. he was truly a remarkable man. 

the thought of having to live 60+ years without my dad feels daunting and i don't think im strong enough to do it. why do others get to keep their dads until they are in their 60s and i lost mine when i was just starting life. 

  • Hello micken, 

    I am so sorry about your loss. You were so young when he passed away and it's sad that he left at a time when you were not in a good place mentally. 4 years have passed now and it's normal to think back about these important milestones you couldn't share with your dad, your first girlfriend, your first job, finishing college, learning to drive. Your dad would no doubt be very proud of you and what you have achieved. The grieving process can be overwhelming and we can sometimes get a little impatient with ourselves but the truth is grief is very personal and there is no right or wrong way to grieve nor is there a timeframe. It is also a process through which we look back and sometimes discover important things about our feelings as you rightly pointed out. Our page on Coping with Grief highlights the different stages of grieving you might go through and some of the intense emotions you might feel. 

    It can indeed feel really unfair to have lost a parent when you were so young and to feel a bit lost as a result but I wanted you to know that you are not alone; so many members of our forum have been through this too and will be able to relate to how you are feeling. I hope that they will be along shortly to share their story with you. It does help to talk to others who are or have been in a similar boat. I hope you won't mind but I have edited the title of your post slightly so that it can be spotted by others who have also sadly lost a parent to cancer. 

    We're thinking of you during this difficult time, micken and the forum is always here for you anytime you need to talk. 

    Best wishes, 

    Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator