The Power of Presence.

Via Amy Cushing
on Mar 25, 2013
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“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou

Actor Dax Shepard shared a photo of some of the last moments he and his fiance, actress Kristen Bell, spent with his father, Dave Robert Shepard Sr., who passed away from cancer on December 31, 2012. It’s an extraordinarily touching picture that’s an example of the amazing power of showing up…of being there when your loved ones need you.

Here are Dax’s powerful words describing that meaningful moment:

“At one point, and unbeknownst to both of us, my wife walked into the room. She had flown in from LA without any warning. It was a surprise. It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill.”

Photo by daxtumbler

Love and prayers to Dax Shepard and his family during this difficult time of loss.




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Ed: Brianna Bemel


About Amy Cushing

Amy Cushing is a stay-at-home mom and E-RYT® 200 certified yoga teacher pursuing her passion for writing. When she’s not chasing around two small tots, she can be found lost in a good book, cherishing quality time with her husband or having a much-needed laugh with her girlfriends. She’s on a mission to find simplicity in life so she can spend less time pulling out her hair and more time appreciating those who matter most. She loves yoga and music and has been known to bust out a mean rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider in times of chaos. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University. Connect with Amy on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “The Power of Presence.”

  1. DeDe says:

    Thank you

  2. Meaghan says:

    This makes my heart hurt and cry and love all at once. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Amy says:

    You're welcome.

  4. Amy says:

    I felt the same, Meaghan. It's so touching. Glad I could share it with you. Thanks for your comments!