My first Father’s Day Without my Father, John H. Brewer


In this picture my Daddy is holding me when I was about six months old. People have told me you can see how proud he looks in this photos. I sure hope he was.

All the Father’s Day news stories and events are fading, so I thought maybe now I’m O.K. to discuss the loss of my Father. John H. Brewer died on May 16, 2011 at our home in New York. He had a long list of medical conditions that put him in hospice care six months ago. Sadly and fortunately, it gave our family time to prepare for his loss. My Daddy died one week before my parent’s 42nd wedding anniversary.

Unlike other “Morning Josephine” videos, I can’t possibly sit down and talk on-camera about losing my Father yet. I can say I shed my share of tears on Father’s Day and tried not to make it too uncomfortable for my husband since it’s a day to celebrate him too.

I’m grateful for the moments I caught on camera for the last year of my Father’s life which coincided with the first year of A.J. life. A.J. only saw his Grandaddy four times and won’t remember him, except through videos like this:

To say I’ll miss him is an understatement. Loss is strange. I feel different emotions about losing him throughout the day.

Thank you to those who called, texted and sent me condolences cards.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Oh Joyce! I just want to come and give you a big hug right now! I’m so sorry for the loss of your daddy, but I’m so glad he got to meet AJ and see what a wonderful life you have built for yourself. He is so very proud. Of that I am sure.

  2. Thank you Lindsay. It means a lot. I see so much of my Daddy in A.J. They’re both picky eaters!!