In Honor Of My Father

Richard E. Gold 8/10/27-3/22/19

I haven’t written a new post for awhile because my father passed away in March. For three years, I watched the strongest and smartest man I know endure the slow but steady decline into advanced dementia. I experienced (and continue to experience) what I imagine many people who lose loved ones encounter. I can only describe this experience as one characterized by the conflicting emotions of devastation from the loss combined with relief that a loved one is no longer suffering. The dual emotions are confusing and have left me with a pang of profound sadness. While I constantly remind myself of how lucky I am to have had such an extraordinary man as my father, as well as to have had him for so many years, I will forever miss his sense of humor, dignity, kindness and unwavering sense of morality.