My father, Roger L. Hedberg, passed away on February 27th. My family is so blessed by the legacy he left. He lived life based on what was most important to him – putting faith and family first. He was a beloved pastor, a wise counselor and treasured friend to many. Even though I miss him so much, I can’t help but smile when I think of him. I’m happy for him that he is home in heaven.
I don’t think one can plan for the experience of losing a parent. The experience solidly establishes the temporal aspect of life. For me, significant perspectives are shifting and I’m making adjustments. I’m reviewing questions like, “what really matters most?” and “how do I want to spend my time?” I also feel inspired and challenged to honor my father’s legacy by making new (and more risky) choices with the potential for greater significance in light of my faith and calling.
Four days before my father died, my fifteen year old son posted this as his Facebook status: “My Grandpa will be in heaven soon. He impacted so many people in his life. Wish I could be half the man.” Thanks to my father, I don’t think I will ever forget the power of legacy.
This is such a lovely tribute!
I feel as if I have met your father; and heaven is now dearer.
I commend the directions you’re going in light of his passing. I, too, have been doing grief work re my mother’s passing (which was 6 years ago). I’m bartering Spiritual Direction for Christian Counseling/Therapy with a colleague at AGTS. We call what we’re offering each other Soul Care. This is important work–good for you, Linda.
I just want you to know, also, that my assignments for you on still on my list and you are still on my radar. 🙂 I’ll have a lot of catching up on our next/last call; but it’s all good.
Hopefully before the summer ends and school starts we’ll schedule that Mentor Coaching session.
I love you, my dear friend!
Wow…I lost my dad too. Many years ago…but it some ways its like it was yesterday. I love my dad too!