Losing my dad at 21

I lost my dad recently, suddenly he had a stroke then after a month in the hospital he passed. I now can’t think of him or look at pictures for too long - I know I’m avoiding it and that’s my way of protecting myself. I want to face up to it and feel the emotions I just don’t know how, it’s almost like I’m numb and I don’t feel anything - then my emotions randomly come out.
Is this normal?
I’m 21 - he was 56

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Hi Connorb

I’m part of the Online Community team and I can see that you are new to the community - I’d like to thank you for bravely starting this thread. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. How you are feeling is normal, so please remember to be kind to yourself. Most community members have sadly experienced the death of a loved one and so will understand some of what you are going through.

I’m sure someone will be along to offer their support, but I wanted to share a few Sue Ryder resources with you that might be helpful.

I really hope you find the community helpful and a good source of support and I also hope you feel you can access more support should you need it.

Thank you again for sharing – please keep reaching out and know that you are not alone.

Take care, Rhi

I know how you feel. Sometimes emotions take time to express themselves, especially with the shock of it all. Sounds like maybe you are in the denial phase? Totally normal :slight_smile: