People say that grief comes in two parts, the first part is the loss and the second is the remaking of life. 39-year-old Nazri Ahmad lost his wife in early February 2021. His wife, Natasha Mik’yal passed away on 6th February due to a sudden asthma attack.
The father of six children now bears the responsibility of being a mother and a father to his children. Since the passing of his wife, he often shares his daily life experience in taking care of his children as a single father on social media such as Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #DaddyRaisingUpSix.
About four months ago, he posted a series of screenshot messages of his daughter who was missing her mother. Through the screenshot WhatsApp conversation, Nazri’s eldest child, Indah, expressed her feelings of longing for her mother. “Indah never felt this way before. I cannot wait to meet Mama,” she said in one of the messages.
“Hopefully there is a ray of light behind all this sadness and uncertainty in adapting to this new environment. If God wills it, the moment of happiness will come by itself later,” he remarked in the Facebook post following his daughter’s heartfelt words.
Recently, on 1st July, Nazri posted a family photo on his Facebook page. It was a recreated photo of the family at the same location it was taken in 2020. He reminisces about the moment when the family was ready to return to their home in Shah Alam. While they were loading the things into the car, Nazri looked towards the exit road of his grandparents house and he remembered the time when the family of eight took a photo on the same spot during last year’s Eid.
The father of six then decides to recreate the photos on the same spot but this time without the love of his life. “This is our life now. Up till now we still survive without Mama. It is my ultimate wish to take care of my children even without the presence of their mother. I’m their dad. I am also their Mama. I have become even more over protective towards my children,” he wrote in the post.
He concluded the post with the caption, “Do you know the hardest longing? It is when you long for someone who is gone forever.” He also wishes for his family’s safe journey home. Netizens then posted a series of encouraging messages for the family.
“May Allah provide your whole family with His mercy and great sustenance,” one Facebook user commented. Another netizen said, “Stay strong, brother. You are the chosen one. May God always protect and have mercy on your family.”
We wish blessings upon the family and hope that time will heal their pain of losing a loved one.