My dad died suddenly during Thanksgiving break and it has really shaken up my family and me. Because it's been about 6 weeks or so, I have started to get used to life without him, but I am only 19 and you never think you are going to lose a parent when you are 19 and a college sophomore, like I am.
I have been mostly okay because a lot of friends have been spending time with me during the holidays and it has allowed me to take my mind off it, and I know that once the semester starts and I get immersed in classes, research, working, etc. I will be busy. But it still hurts a lot at night when I'm in bed and it's all I think about, or when I'm home with my mom and my sister and my dad's not there when he otherwise would be doing the same things with us. It hurts that my father won't be there for my graduation, for my wedding, and seeing me live out my career, and I'll never see him again.
I was just wondering if you all had any suggestions or tips for me to cope, because I'm only 19 and this is the first major death or hardship I have faced. What did you do in similar circumstances? Any help would be appreciated.