Like Father, Like Son

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, I lost one of the most important and influential people in my life, my father and although I have, and will always miss him, I was fortunate enough to have worked by his side in a family owned business for fifteen-years.They were easily the most rewarding and memorable years of my life, in which he taught me many things, but showed me so much more.It was during this time that we became extremely close; both my daughters were born; I bought my first home and experienced the loss of a grandparent, his father.We also met a variety of interesting people along the way from many walks of life, which allowed me to witness his interactions with others in amazement, as there was never a time that he didn’t treat everyone no matter who they were, the very same way, he himself would like to be treated.He was truly inspiring and I could not have had a better role model. So, Dad this article is for you, not only for all you’ve taught me, but also for what I have become. I hope it makes you proud. Like Father, Like SonI have followed in your footsteps, you have taught me many things,shown me many more.Like, what it was to be a caring son, takes to be a devoted father, means to be a loving grandfather.I will never forget all you taught me, always treasure what you have shown me.In life, it is less important what you are, than what you become.If I can become, as caring a son,devoted a father, loving a grandfather, It will be your legacy I keep.©2000 Richard Lawrence BelfordAbout the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer, a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been on a twenty-year creative journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief. His favorite parable is Footprints and just loves how its meaningful last line makes him feel no matter how many times he reads it.His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall plaques beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge. “Like Father, Like Son” is available at: signsforyourlife.com or can be purchased wholesale in various sizes by registering at: asignofwisdom.com.A complete collection of these inspiring products can be viewed by visiting the following link to his website www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.phpHe’s also written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation and genuinely hopes that those who read it will be inspired to always say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.Richard recently partnered with innovative book publisher GenZ who will be releasing “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” in the new year and genuinely hopes it will inspire all who read it to always try & say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.In the mean time, he invites you to follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford, check out his Facebook Page at: http://www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford and connect with him on LinkedIn.Richard can be contacted at: info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or you can visit his website at: http://www.richardlawrencebelford.ca. for further information

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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