But I can't imagine how much it weighs on my dad's heart. My sister sent this picture this morning. My step-mom passed away in June after a short battle. She retired in November and spent the last month in the hospital. I don't mind using the term "stepmom" because Judy came into my life when I was one and earned that title. She took on a job that my real mom refused. She brought a brother and a sister to us and an eternal partner for my dad. Today is the first time I've cried since I told her goodbye.
I pray for my wife if she ever has to endure what my dad has gone through with his loss.