By Autumn Kirkham
Have you ever had someone in your life that you honestly don’t know what you’d do without? It could be a family member, a significant other or even a friend. I’ve had a few but one day I had to face the fact that I had to figure out how to cope with life without them; my dads best friend Mike.
He was my dads best friend in the entire world. He was another father figure to me. So being that blood couldn’t bring him and my dad any closer, I always told people he was an uncle or a dad to me.
On December 29th, 2016 he committed suicide. When I got the phone call about it that day, all I could do was hang up and cry. What was I supposed to do now? How was I supposed to move on in life without him?
He was a big part of my childhood. He was supposed to see me walk down the aisle on my wedding day, see me graduate high school, and see my sister and I do big things in life. Now he isn’t here. These months without him have been hard. I often cry myself to sleep when he comes to mind because I feel helpless. I wish I could rewind time and try and help him, try and make him view life a little differently that day, but I can’t. So I have to learn how to move on in life without him, always keeping him close in my mind and heart. He is someone I’ll never forget.