When the loss of a parent is so recent, it is difficult to assess all of the influences and impacts his or her death has on us. With the passing of each year, one seems to realize it more and more. Your parents must have been very special individuals indeed to have made you the people you are. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings about a sensitive subject.
This question really hit home as I lost my mother 7 months ago and my father 8 months before that. I have always seen how my parents influenced my behavior but never more so than this past Christmas season. I am so thankful that I was blessed with a loving family my entire life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.