I was on a “high” on my drive home Sunday afternoon from Camp Erin…a grief camp for children in Mount Potosi outside of Las Vegas. The camp had been extremely successful in that 50 grieving campers ages 6-17 from the Las Vegas area were able to make great progress on their grief journeys and also have a fun time at camp. Filled with hope, I turned on the radio, Country 95.5, and instead of country music there was a breaking news story…five people shot and killed in an ambush in Las Vegas, including two police officers. Immediately my heart sank as I thought about the families that would be grieving these deaths.
Monday’s paper reported that both police officers killed were husbands and fathers. In that same paper, ads for Father’s Day were everywhere. I couldn’t ignore the irony.
Families across America will gather to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, June 15th. There will be barbecues and baseball games. It will be a day full of love and celebration.
But for those whose fathers have died, Father’s Day can be a difficult and painful day; a day when the death is brought into the spotlight.