30 Days of Mocha Dad: Day #18 – My Greatest Fear

"Grave of the Unknown Child" by H. Koppdelaney

I recently attended a conference where I was being tortured by awful PowerPoint presentations. I was half asleep until one speaker took the podium.

He told the audience the story of how his 19-year-old son died in a work-related accident. His son’s death affected him so much that he started a non-profit organization to help other families whose loved ones were killed at work. Five years have passed since his son’s death, but I could still hear the pain and torment in his voice.

My heart ached for the speaker. His story made me realize how precious life is and how precious children are. They are gifts from God that we only get to enjoy for a finite period of time.

My greatest fear is losing one of children. Outliving a child has the be the worst thing a parent can experience. I don’t know how I would cope if I ever had to deal with such a tragedy. Unfortunately, too many parents have felt the sting of a child’s death. I pray that God can give them the strength that they need to persevere.

If you know someone who has experienced this tragedy, take the time to be a friend to him/her. Your display of love my be all they need to make it through another day.

Stay strong,


Question: What is your greatest fear?

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad

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