MYkind: an open letter.

Dear readers, friends and lovers:

My father-in-law passed away yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning. For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that my husband and I moved from Los Angeles to the midwest to be closer to our families. For the past almost-three years, we’ve been living with our inlaws, renovating a home and doing our best to take care of my dear Papa Bill.

You guys, I can’t even begin to explain what a stand-up man my father-in-law was. His loss will be devastating, and I know I’ll need some time to grieve, comfort and care for myself and my husband’s family. Although this is hard to type, I need you to know something:

You all have been my crutch in this, whether you realize or not. Watching a loved one become helpless is one of the heaviest experiences of life, and being able to fill my head space with positivity, inspiration and visuals daily has created a balance that I know has carried me through this time.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that there is a grander design at work here. I rarely talk about religion here, but I suppose Bill’s death has opened my eyes to a larger design — that of the human spirit, perfect timing and a bigger universe where we’re all connected.

And for me, that is the ultimate design for mankind.

Thank you for your support. I’ll be checking in here periodically this week and will return Monday.

Love to you all.

  • Erin – I lost my father on Feb 1, 2011 and can’t believe the hole it has left in my heart;

    in the past few months, the memories of my father and his love has been able to start to fill that space although I think of him every day and at the oddest moments. Who would have known that going to a fast food restaurant or buying tomato plants would bring a tear to my eye. . .

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you. You are an inspiring, amazing person and I thank you for sharing your insights during this time (and all the time). I appreciate your generosity, you give so much to all of your readers! Take care.

  • Oh Erin, I’m so sorry to hear your news. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Stay strong, cyber friend, I know you have it in you!!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Though you may not think so now, you will be able to find some peace and perspective with the help of time. How lucky for you to know this man and have him in your life!

  • erin, i am so sorry for your loss. it must have meant the world to your father-in-law to have you and your husband by his side for these last few years. yes, i, too believe there is a grand design for mankind. it’s wonderful to hear you have been able to express your spiritual experience through your blog and all of your many creative and inspirational outlets. you touch so many people with your beauty. my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • This is beautifully written. Yes, it really is the ultimate design for mankind.

    I am sorry to hear about your loss, but I hope in this time that you and your family grow closer and dearer to one another. You and your family are in my prayers!

  • Your perspective and strength through your loss are so eloquent here. How lovely you are.

    Innumerable blessings of peace, strength, and clarity to your family.

  • Oh Erin, I’m so sorry for your loss. You have a wonderful spirirt and I know you will be a great support for your husband and his family. I also understand how having that balance can really keep you grounded and I agree that this online community of daily inspiration is such a blessing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. x

  • hi all — thanks again for your sweet words and encouragement. each day is seeming brighter than the one before — i have you to thank for that.

    love to you all.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this, Erin. It’s during these moments when we find the strength in the people around us, and our own strength, when we least expect it. I’m sending hugs and good thoughts over to IN to you guys.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Erin. My husband and I live far from our families as well and I wish I could see them more. It is so wonderful that you were there with him when he and your family need you the most. I think The Flaming Lips have said it best in Do You Realize?? Sending prayers and thoughts to you and your family. Thank You Erin for bringing beauty and inspiration to me everyday.

  • Erin, so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences and thinking of you during this time. My heart and sincere prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Oh Erin we are all thinking of you! Take some time to rest and be with family. Xoxoxo

  • oh Erin. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you lots and sending you lots of long distance hugs.
    As much as it hurts right now, remember to dance. I know how much joy it brings you and it always helped me shake away my tears just long enough to remember the joy that person brought to my life.
    All my love to you and your family.
    xo.f

  • Oh Erin…I am so sorry for the loss of such a great man in your and your family’s life. My heart just breaks for you. I am sending you all sorts of loving thoughts right now and hoping that you will take all the time that you need rest. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make this time easier for you (you know I really mean that). Lots of love, Ez

  • I’m a little late in this but just wanted to send out my love to you. I can’t imagine all that you both are going through in this and after. My his love be felt always for you guys.

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