Before she lost her life to breast cancer, Heather McManamy, 36, of McFarland, Wisconsin, wrote a final goodybye to her friends and family and gave it to her husband to post on Facebook after she passed away. It’s a life-affirming, funny, and poignant goodbye that’s also an instruction manual for how she’d like people to discuss her passing with her 4-year-old daughter, Brianna. McManamy’s views on her death are powerful without being sentimental. “Please, please, please do not tell Brianna that I am in heaven. In her mind, that means that I chose to be somewhere else and left her,” McManamy wrote.
Parenting can be a beautifully rewarding experience for some people, but it’s not for everybody. While it’s a pretty major milestone in the lives of many, there are some folks who don’t feel any desire to participate in it – and there’s nothing wrong with that!