My Dad Died of Cancer but my Hope is Alive

Two years.

My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.

For those of you who do not know my dad’s story, he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in February of 2014. My dad was doing pretty good for a few months until the seizures started. Because of worsening seizures my dad had emergency surgery in May of 2014. They found a brain tumor. My dad had two completely unrelated cancers which is extremely rare! 

My dad’s brain cancer was very aggressive and on October 16th, 2014 he went to be with Jesus. My dad fully believed in the power of God’s healing. He would say, “Whether I am healed here on earth or in Heaven I win. I can’t lose.”

I wish that my dad’s healing could have manifested here on earth but I take comfort in the fact that I will see my dad in heaven one day.

In my article In Sickness and Health, What is True Love I share a bit more back round on my dad and his battle with cancer. Thankfully the last few months of my dad’s life were filled with joy.

My dad loved to encourage those around him. So as I acknowledge the day he entered heaven I would like to share two of my dad’s favorite passages of scripture as well as some quotes that have encouraged me to not be afraid to grieve. May they encourage you as well.

You never completely get over the loss of your beloved.

My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.

It is healthy to recognize the need for grieving.


My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.

You will never be the same, and that is ok.

My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.

In conclusion, if you have experienced the loss of a loved one I encourage you to allow yourself to feel.

Acknowledge your grief. The pain of grief does not go away but it does become more manageable. Do not be afraid of your memories. Cherish them. Do not allow death to rob you of your joy. Keep your hope alive.

My dad died of cancer but my hope is alive. May you read this and be encouraged.
This is one of my favorite family photos. My dad brought joy to those around him and I hope that I can do the same.

Remember to appreciate those you love everyday and always live life to the fullest.

This article can also be found at the Simply Every blog’s Mom Life Monday Link up party. 

8 comments: On My Dad Died of Cancer but my Hope is Alive

  • Beautiful post! The quotes are very encouraging to me because I lost my mother at 4 years old. What an amazing way to celebrate your father’s memory!

    • Thank you Heidi. I am very sorry for your loss, and at such a young age. I am glad these quotes were able to encourage you. Grief is a part of who we are but it does not define us. Blessings to you.

  • Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. Praise the Lord for eternal life! Can you imagine the joy he is feeling now?! Experiencing God’s grace during the darkest times is amazingly beautiful.

    • Thank you Leah. There is much beauty in my dad’s story and I am truly thankful for that! My dad was amazing and I want to share the great lessons he taught me both during his life and through his death. Thank you for blessing me with your words.

  • This is beautiful for me personally Psalm 91 is very special to me as it was what I read over and over again when my oldest little baby girl passed to SIDS 10 years ago. My sorrow will always be there by my faith is deeper and it’s what has gotten me through me so much. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words about your father.

    • Ellie I am very sorry for your loss. Psalm 91 is very special to me as well! A few years before my dad became sick my mother in law gave us the book “Psalm 91” by Peggy Joyce Ruth. If you haven’t already you should check it out. My dad and I would read this book together when he was sick and it was such a huge encouragement to him. It became his daily prayer as well as mine. Thank you so much for your comment. Blessings to you.

  • Very beautiful post. Allowing yourself to feel those feelings, and acknowledge that grief is sooo incredibly important. In just a few short days, my brother will have been gone for 5 years. It is so hard to think of all that they have missed and will miss, but the memories are so precious. Thank you for sharing your sweet father with all of us <3

    • I am sorry for your loss Savannah. I agree that it is hard to think of all the things that they miss. I am very sad that my daughter was never able to meet my dad. But I am extremely thankful for all the memories and I have an plan to share them with my daughter. She may not be able to know my dad in person but she will know about him. Blessings to you!

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