It's crazy to be writing about something like this, when I can say I haven't fully realized or accepted the fact that my dad is gone. He was welcomed into Heaven last Monday after a long stint of health issues, and he is finally resting with no more pain.

I will never forget the phone call from the Renton, WA police department letting me know he had passed after running errands at the post office. I was devastated and in shock, I had no idea what to do next. I then reached out to siblings to let them know, there is nothing that can ever prepare you for either receiving or delivering that news.

Luckily, my siblings and I came together last week and took this on as a family. We all worked hard to clean out dad's house and set plans for his funeral service. My emotions and attitude have been all over the place not knowing what to do or how to react, it still feels surreal, I can't understand that I won't be able to hug my dad one more time.

Unfortunately, this is a life hurdle that most people will face at sometime or another. In these hard times I always remember to lean on family, and appreciate the time we had together. My father was an amazing role model, hard working family man who loved to pull pranks. I am so lucky to have had such an amazing dad for 32 years of life. But please, if you still have your mom or dad in your life call them today. Tell them you love them, there will be a time that you can't anymore so make sure they know it now.