Said Goodbye To Dad Today ::

February 27, 2009 | Family

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So many of you have written, called, and commented I feel the need to let you know that Dad passed on from this life and into the next one this morning.  I was very fortunate to have been by his side.  My father was strong.  He fought the good fight and the doctors and staff at Emory University Hospital could not have given him any better care.  

The hero in all of this is my step-mother Elaine.  She stood by her man.  She loved my father so deeply and so passionately. She is strong and beautiful and is going to miss my father so much. They had such a beautiful life. She adored my father.

Thank you to all of you who have been thinking of us and praying for us. Thank you for all the support all of you, known and unknown, have given to us. My entire family appreciates all of your emails, comments, and messages. Dad is in heaven. The rest of us are still paying rent.

And to find a smile in all of this….

Let the southern good ol’ fashioned church lady casserole pot luck begin. I don’t know what ya’ll do elsewhere in the country, but when we die in the south, we make some damn good food.

Now, go love on your family while you still have them and while they still have you.

Cheers, Zack 

Again…. Thank you everyone.




Discussion

  • Keith Taylor said on February 27, 2009

    You have managed to keep a positive attitude and offer good advice even on such a sad day for you – that says great things about your dad I think – and the values he passed on to you.

  • Tak said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences Zack…

    Tak

  • Ryan Unger said on February 27, 2009

    Zack, Blessings on the family man, stay strong and eat lots of Food!

    Ciao

  • Edward Underwood said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences and prayers are with your family Zack. God bless you, your father, and your family in your time of grief.

  • Ana Adams said on February 27, 2009

    May he rest in peace, Zack.
    There’s a new star in the sky tonight.
    Ana

  • Oleksandr Photography said on February 27, 2009

    May he rest in peace.

  • { jamie } said on February 27, 2009

    You’re in our thoughts & prayers. ♥

  • gary s. chapman said on February 27, 2009

    My father died 6 years ago in much the same way. I too was by his side. May God’s grace and peace be yours during this time.

    gary and vivian

  • Dave Vernon said on February 27, 2009

    Your family is in my thoughts Zack – may you all find your peace. And a few good burps never hurt either.

  • Jeff said on February 27, 2009

    My deepest sympathy and condolences.

    Jeff

  • Brandi said on February 27, 2009

    I’m sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

  • Ivan Kwabena Nyarko said on February 27, 2009

    As soon as I saw the RSS feed go bold I feared it was bad news. I wish I was wrong. My condolences. Stay strong.

  • Kyle said on February 27, 2009

    So sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say to you but my heart goes out to you and your family right now.

  • Kathy Sawyer said on February 27, 2009

    So sorry to hear about your dad. It’s so hard to lose the “anchor” people in our lives but hope you are surrounded by many friends and much love.

  • John Williams said on February 27, 2009

    However you find peace Zack remember to celebrate your fathers life as you also mourn his loss.

    Your family will be in my thoughts and with your permission I would be honored to light a candle in your fathers name.

  • ryan said on February 27, 2009

    so sorry dude. thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

  • Ryan said on February 27, 2009

    Zack, your strength and love are admirable in this situation. May your dad rest peacefully.

    Ryan

  • Aaron Koolen said on February 27, 2009

    Hi Zack. Even though we may not know each other, my thoughts are with you and your family. Someone so poignantly told me a while ago that the pain we feel at a loss is simply the price we pay for love.

    Take care.

  • J Wilson said on February 27, 2009

    May he rest in peace!!!

  • Jimmy Douglas said on February 27, 2009

    We’ll continue to pray for you and your family Zach as you start the healing process. Love one another everyday, time passes way to quickly.

  • Bob D said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences my friend. The loss of one’s father is tough on any son. If there’s anything you need or I can do just let me know.

  • Derek Mick said on February 27, 2009

    you and your family are in our prayers.

  • Alan M said on February 27, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Zack. Stand strong. Know he’s in a better place. He raised a very nice son and gentleman.

  • Jen D said on February 27, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Susan Stripling said on February 27, 2009

    Thinking of you, Zack. And you are right, southerners do know how to eat and grieve at the same time. Bring on the potluck! Love from the cold northeast, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • William Rowland said on February 27, 2009

    Just started following your blog last week–sorry to hear about your loss–your family will be in our prayers.

  • Guen said on February 27, 2009

    mr. arias, thank you for sharing your story. i am going through something similar. i don’t know how you are able to share this with the world, but thank you for doing it. many prayers and blessings to you and your family…g.

  • CJ said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences Zack. Thank you for sharing, even during the toughest of times. Still prayin.

  • dF said on February 27, 2009

    my condolences man!
    It is good to know that you’re sure he’s in a better state right now. Be strong.

  • John Buffin said on February 27, 2009

    My deepest sympathy, Zack.

  • Kip Beelman said on February 27, 2009

    Whew. Deep breaths. My mom is in bad shape and holding on by a thread. I’m thinking about you and your family while I’m dealing with something similar. Life is better without pain… Ironic how less pain and suffering for some simultaneously equals more for others.

  • Daniel Caro said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences Zack, may God give you and all of your family peace.

  • Allison in VA said on February 27, 2009

    My prayers are with you and your family Zach.

  • nicole said on February 27, 2009

    16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  • David Knight said on February 27, 2009

    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing- but it’s nice you were able to be there for him. With my sympathy.

  • Charles Jones said on February 27, 2009

    I’m sorry, Zach. I’m both saddened and relieved for you. My own father died two years ago after a similar lingering, improving, worsening, cycle that wore us out; so I know you are tired as well.

    It’s hard to let them go, but such a relief when you know where they’re going.

  • olivia said on February 27, 2009

    Sincere condolences Zack, to you and your family.

  • Lorelei said on February 27, 2009

    Canadian church ladies do the same thing. :) Casseroles do bring comfort!! I Thess. 4:13-18 — Still brings me peace!

  • Chad Pennington said on February 27, 2009

    Zack no matter what – You are top gunn in my book dude.

  • kim driggs said on February 27, 2009

    Very sorry, Zack. My condolences… I agree, love the ones you love and the ones who love you, as long as you still have each other…

  • Jeannie said on February 27, 2009

    I’m so sorry to hear. I hope you find the strength and peace that you need.

  • Rob said on February 27, 2009

    Hey – Sorry for you and your families loss… Great to see you got some time with him at the end though.

  • Gibbs Frazeur said on February 27, 2009

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I will continue to pray for you.

  • Ron Dawson said on February 27, 2009

    Hey my friend,

    Our prayers are with you. Having lost my mom last year, I know what it can be like. I’m glad you were able to be by his side.

    And I hear ya about the food. It’s the same thing with black folk (no matter what part of the country). For my mom’s wake in LA, it was a veritable smorgasbord. :)

    Our love and prayers go out to you.

  • Jason said on February 27, 2009

    god bless your family Zack. You know if you ever need anything im here!

  • TB said on February 27, 2009

    Zach,
    My thought are with you; enjoy the food and celebrate life!

  • Janine said on February 27, 2009

    Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.
    May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • eB said on February 27, 2009

    May the peace of God surround you and your family.

    When I saw your video “Edit: Transform,” the scenes and speech regarding your father’s condition were some of the most moving and inspiring. I cared for my photo buff grandfather in the last few months he was with us and though it was an interesting diversion to talk about cameras with him he never went on about settings or techniques, it simply wasn’t as important as his family.

    I am sorry to hear of your family’s loss and hope that you are surrounded with comfort and peace.

  • Steph said on February 27, 2009

    Following you thru your Dad’s journey has been sad but amazing. I send you and your family my prayers and happy that Dad is in a better place. I can’t wait to meet you someday in one your amazing workshops. You are an incredible guy with a wonderful family.

  • Shannon Szwarc said on February 27, 2009

    It is strange to tell you Zack that I lost my grandmother today as well. She was in so much pain and out of it for several days. But only an hour and three minutes before she died she praised my father for being by her side and they held hands for that last hour. Silly to say, but maybe their spirits crossed as they left this life. I am so sorry for my Dad because he has never lost anyone before today and I fear how he will take it. I am sad for both you and my father today and I wish you both love and peace. Thank you for all you’ve done for my career Zack.

  • heesoo said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences…. You’re truely and inspirational person… I know you’re father is lookin in and seeing that too and is proud…

  • Rich said on February 27, 2009

    That’s horrible news Zack. Our thoughts are with you.

  • John W. MacDonald said on February 27, 2009

    My sympathies, Zach.

  • Tony said on February 27, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family Zack…

    Tony

  • David Burridge said on February 27, 2009

    Zach & Elaine,
    Thinking about you.
    Sincerely,
    David Burridge

  • NoOneOfConsequence said on February 28, 2009

    On the one hand, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. On the other hand, his battle is over and he no longer has to fight and is now at peace. Life is for those who remain, and it is ours to remember those that are gone, and to keep going. Please accept my condolences, and stay strong. You have been, and are a huge inspiration.

    Blessed be, the living.

  • erik said on February 28, 2009

    “Now, go love on your family while you still have them and while they still have you.”
    Great words, most of us take for granted what we have until it is too late.

    My condolences to you and your family. I’m glad to see that you are keeping a positive attitude.

  • Miserere said on February 28, 2009

    My most sincere condolences, Zack. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, so I won’t pretend to understand, but do know that although we have never met, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Stay strong,

    –M.

  • Martin Saint said on February 28, 2009

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Words can not express the loss of a loved one.

    Mart.

  • Peter Gregg said on February 28, 2009

    Reminds me of David and how he said what we are looking for is in front of us and not behind us.

    Having had your dad and you guys in prayer, it grows a connection that may only be realized in heaven, but the touch of sorrow is still felt here.

    Peter

  • Helen Rosemier said on February 28, 2009

    i am sorry for your loss. condolences to you and your family.

  • Ole M said on February 28, 2009

    My condolances =)

  • Steve Kalman said on February 28, 2009

    Possibly not right away, but your step-mom will probably come to treasure the photo you headed this entry with.

    Most of us would not have been able to step away from our own feelings in order to capture such an important and poignant moment. It says a lot for your character that you can do that, and it says a lot for the character of the man who taught you your values.

    May your father rest in peace in the heavens and in your heart.

  • Eli said on February 28, 2009

    God be with you and your family in this moment… Blessings

  • Melli said on February 28, 2009

    My sympathies to you and your family.

  • C.C. Chapman said on February 28, 2009

    My thoughts to you and the family. And thank you for the giggle about the pot luck because as someone who has been through more then one funeral in a large Italian family I can completely relate.

  • Bonnie said on February 28, 2009

    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Your words on this blog brought him honor. Your love for him was obvious and beautiful. God Bless

  • Tim said on February 28, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family Zack, good to hear you were able to be with him in his final moments.

  • scoutj said on February 28, 2009

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my mother in 1993 so I know, far too well, the pain of losing a parent. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • Doug said on February 28, 2009

    Blessings and peace to you and yours.

  • Martin said on February 28, 2009

    You have my deepest condolences. I miss my dad everyday. Fortunately, the pain subsides and fond memories take over.

  • Wills said on February 28, 2009

    My deepest sympathy, to you and your family.

  • Scott said on February 28, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Megan and your family.

  • Larry Brown said on February 28, 2009

    My prayers are with you and your family.I know your pain as I lived it 9 years ago as my mom passed in my arms so please be strong,remember him fondly,speak of him often and know that you have many friends and your family that care.I can tell you loved your dad so live each day in his memory and make him proud if you do….peace to you brother…..

  • Jean Labelle said on February 28, 2009

    May God comfort you and all your loved ones during this difficult time Zack…

  • Angelo said on February 28, 2009

    My condolences Zackarias

  • RiP said on February 28, 2009

    God bless you and your family and take solace in the fact that you got to see him before he passed on. When i lost my father it was very brutal and i think it took me longer to get over how he passed versus him passing away. And we do cook some good food in the south at these times.

    God bless man.

    RiP

  • jayzee said on February 28, 2009

    My father passed away when I was 2 years old therefore I can’t say that I know what your going through right now or that I that may ever know….
    May the peace and comfort of our God be with you all …Condolences from my family to yours…

  • Brian de la Cruz said on February 28, 2009

    My sympathies to you and your family too.

    brian

  • Alex said on February 28, 2009

    Thank you for sharing this deep personal story in your life. It reminds us all of how valuable our time is with loved ones.
    God’s hand be with you all.

  • Tom Marriage said on February 28, 2009

    Zack,

    So sorry for your loss Zack. I am glad that you were able to be with him at the end. I have always been thankful that my Sisters and I were able to with both our Dad and Mom when they died. It means a lot. My Dad was only 57 and he died in 1975 and Mom was 65 and died in 1988 and I still miss them a lot. So many times I think about how I wish they were here so I could share with them or talk to them.

    Yes we do the food thing too here in IL. It is a good thing really. I heard some great stories from friends and family.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Tom

  • Rolf said on February 28, 2009

    Zach,
    It is an amazing world where I can be so inspired by someone on one day and so deeply saddened by the pain you and your family must be feeling on a second day. My thoughts, sympathies, and prayers are for you and your family. Your father is starting the next part of his life journey.

  • Roy said on February 28, 2009

    My deepest condolences, Zack.

    Roy

  • Nicholas Critelli said on February 28, 2009

    I’m sorry for your loss Zack, may he live in the hearts of you and your family forever.

  • Barbara Wartman said on February 28, 2009

    So sorry for your loss, Zack. Lay down some of your burden on your friends. That’s what they’re there for – to help you carry on.

    The pot luck ladies rule.

  • Alfred said on February 28, 2009

    Zack,

    God bless your dad and the whole family as he rest in peace.

  • Wouter Brandsma said on February 28, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • craig ramsay said on February 28, 2009

    A time for when words are not enough.
    Blessings and peace.

  • Christine Gacharna said on February 28, 2009

    very sorry to hear about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…

  • The Last Forty Percent Photography said on February 28, 2009

    We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with your family.
    - Brianna

  • [ b ] said on February 28, 2009

    so sorry for your loss man. my thoughts are with you and you family.

  • Christopher said on February 28, 2009

    Zack,
    I’ve experienced the loss of my dad, brother & sister. When I’m weak, God makes me strong. It’s the only way to get through it. May God strengthen you.

  • Andy Shelton said on February 28, 2009

    I’m really saddened to hear this news, man. I lost mine eight months ago. Its the toughest thing I’ve ever faced. Somewhere amidst the mourning take time to celebrate his life. Stay strong, man.

    I will pray for His love and comfort to be with you and yours in the days, weeks and months ahead.

  • Ramiro said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, my heart goes out to you, but I know that for a man of faith as you are, thought painful it may be, this is not a loss, on the contrary, now you have your father closer to God than ever before, praying for you, and enjoying the everlasting peace that we shall one day be called to share in. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Un Abrazo!

  • John Harris said on March 1, 2009

    Hi Zack even though we’ve never met I feel that I’ve grown to know you over the last few months from watching your DVDs and reading your blog. Just wanted to offer my sincere condolences and hope that the good days come round again soon. John

  • Sheena Yusuf said on March 1, 2009

    I am sorry for your loss Zack. My thoughts are with you and your family.You were indeed fortunate to have been around when he left.
    Have been reading your blog, recently watched the video you made. You have truly been an inspiration for me and many others here.Looking forward to meeting you in Dubai.

  • Marc Flemington said on March 1, 2009

    Zack

    I have never met and most probably never will. I stumbled across you on the Net a few months ago and have an RSS feed to your site. Please accept my sincere condolences over the passing of your father, the impact he made on you is obvious and a testament to the man. Don’t forget that he has played a major part in shaping you, who you are and how you feel. Your photography is marvelous and a great way to express your father through your talent and passion. He will live on through you so keep his memory alive. Rgds Marc

  • Manuel said on March 1, 2009

    My deepest condolences, Zack.

    Manuel

  • David Kozlowski said on March 1, 2009

    Zack,

    I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your father.

    I just viewed your video “Transformed” on Digital Photography School, then clicked on the link to your site to learn of the news.

    Your father would be so proud of your insight and thoughtfulness as a photographer based on what I saw in that film.

    You expressed my sentiments exactly…although I have never quite found the right words to say it!

    Thank you so much for posting it!

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Dave

  • Nelson said on March 1, 2009

    My truly deepest sympathy and condolences.

    Nelson

  • Aamer said on March 1, 2009

    I just came across your transform video on one of the blogs and decided to check your blog.
    My condolences with you and your family. You should feel fortunate that you got to spend the last few days with him which a lot of don’t do (mostly by choice).

    I would strongly agree with that – spend the days with your family while you can.

  • Fabrizio Zambelli said on March 1, 2009

    My condolences, Zack. God be with you and your family.

  • Tom Dougherty said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. I lost my mother 5 years ago, where I too, sat by her bedside at home until her final moments. Take time to celebrate his life, and remember all the love he provided in the time ahead. Stay positive Zack, you have been inspirational for this following. You’ll be in my prayers.

  • Linda said on March 1, 2009

    I’m sorry for your loss. He’s in heaven with the lord looking down on you smiling right now and without a doubt he’s very proud. Stay strong and take each day one at a time.

  • oldwolf said on March 1, 2009

    That really sucks dude. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Now go eat some good food!

  • Ben said on March 1, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Zack.

  • Scott Cejka said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, you went through all of this with Grace, not an easy thing. Blessings to you and your family. Keep on paying that rent..

  • Chris said on March 1, 2009

    Wow… this almost feels unreal. I just got done watching your video about photography and your mention of your father, and I visit your blog 4 minutes later to find this. I’m so sorry, Zack… but I think you’ve learned sooner than all of us how life works, and I’m happy you could be there with him. My condolences for you and your family – and enjoy the food :)

    And life.

    Chris

  • Mark Parbus said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, Sorry for your loss.

    I just saw your short film, Transform!! on Digital Photography School.

    Unbelievable film. The image of your father touched me deeply. I am really sorry for your loss.

    I had cancer 26 years ago and Transform!! helped me remember the lessons I learned and I forgot.

    Please share your film voice more with us!

  • Kunal Mehta said on March 1, 2009

    My condolences and prayers are with your family Zack.

    Kunal

  • Furhan said on March 1, 2009

    I pray your dad’s in a happiest of all place in his eternal abode. May God give you strength and courage to bear his loss.

  • Tom K. said on March 1, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family sir.

  • Lee Fly said on March 1, 2009

    All the best to you and your family.

  • Andy said on March 1, 2009

    Zack- I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Q

  • Jodi Renshaw said on March 1, 2009

    Many blessings to you and yours. I am dealing with some “Dad” stuff right now … and your reminder to LOVE while we can is a great one. I will. But I am so scared. Thank you for sharing.

  • YUL.Wade said on March 1, 2009

    My deepest condolences to you and the family.

  • Ronny said on March 1, 2009

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Kendo said on March 1, 2009

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father is in a better place now with no more pain or suffering. Eat like you never have. My prayers are with you and your whole family. -Kendo

  • Darien Chin said on March 1, 2009

    My condolences Zack. I only wish I can be as positive about the situation when my family faces the same thing. Good food always makes everything a bit better. Eating that good food with good family is where it’s really at though..

    I’m glad that he got a long run at this crazy thing called life.

  • Jim said on March 1, 2009

    So sorry bro. Stay strong and know that everyone is thinking of you.

  • rob jaudon said on March 1, 2009

    You and yours will be in my prayers. Now go get the big piece of chicken and take a moment to reflect.

  • J'fer said on March 1, 2009

    Zack,

    You made me cry. My prayers go out to you, Elaine and the rest of your family.

    May your father rest in peace.

  • Ray D. said on March 1, 2009

    Zack, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife, stepmom and family. May the Lord welcome your father into His arms and may He keep your family safe. After watching your video it really inspired me as I’m new to photography and always seem to be going in circles, not knowing what to do next. Confidence, courage, motivation seem to be just a dream sometimes but your video definitely gives all of us hope.

    God Bless and thank you for all you do.

  • Elaine said on March 1, 2009

    My condolences to you and to your family! God bless!

  • Elena said on March 1, 2009

    Please accept my condolences. My father passed away three years ago at about this time of the year, so I know how it feels to let a father go. My prayers are with you.

  • Willie said on March 1, 2009

    Dude,
    Sorry to hear the news.
    Peace be with you and the rest of the family – especially your stepmum.

  • Broch Gerling said on March 1, 2009

    Godspeed…

  • Teddy Widhi said on March 1, 2009

    Innalillahi Wainalilahi Rojiun.

    My prayers are with you and your family Zack, i hope you and your family more strong.

    I am sorry to hear the news.

  • Matt Ramos said on March 1, 2009

    Zack…. so sorry for your loss! I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Travis Dunn Photography said on March 1, 2009

    Very sorry for your loss, man.

  • Sam Coran said on March 1, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • John Beyer said on March 1, 2009

    Zack,

    I pray peace falls on you and your family, your work has been very inspirational to me and I want to say thank you for your transparency as an artist and sharing your heart and passion. Many blessing.

    John Beyer

  • Andy said on March 1, 2009

    I am sorry to hear the news. I know your father is in a better place now. Better than we can even imagine.

  • Verna Pitts said on March 1, 2009

    It is a quiet place where we sit with our grief. May you feel God’s comfort.

  • Vinnie said on March 1, 2009

    Keep your head up buddy. I have a feeling this is gonna make your work that much better.

  • Melanie Johnson said on March 1, 2009

    Zach- I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You have written such lovely things about your family that I can feel just how much you care about them…so much that I can only imagine they must love you more than you can imagine in return.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this incredibly sad time.

  • terri said on March 2, 2009

    Dear Zack,
    I was very moved by your video on Scott Kelby’s website which had been recommended by a friend. I went onto your site today to see if I could get the link so I could send it to more people and saw the sad news your Dad had passed on. My deepest condolences. Terri

  • Juan Antonio said on March 2, 2009

    Great photo for a sad moment. Keep strong and brave like your father.
    Sure he is pride of you and your family.

  • Ian said on March 2, 2009

    Sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences & sympathy to you & yours

  • Marc said on March 2, 2009

    Hey Zack – sorry to hear of your loss….and inspired by your attitude….wish you all the best.
    Marc

  • Frank said on March 2, 2009

    So sorry Zack. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Colin Wright said on March 2, 2009

    I know you don’t know me from anyone…

    A little over six years ago, I stood around my father’s hospital bed in Chattanooga, and with my mother and brother present, we said goodbye.

    It gets better. It really does. Not easier, but better.

    For me, every click of the shutter is in memory of him, and in tribute to him. He put the first camera in my hands, and there are times when I can almost sense he’s still there, guiding and teaching. And my work has become more inspired, especially as I’ve walked through some of his.

    And you are so right. The churchlady food is amazing. It’s one of the things I really miss about living in The South.

    Take care….

  • Takki said on March 2, 2009

    Zack, I don’t know you but your words have touched deeply! My condolences to you and your family and thanks for sharing life with people you don’t even know.

  • uma said on March 2, 2009

    so sorry for you and your family loss, God Bless

  • Jose Alonso said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences Zack. I hope you were able to tell him everything you wanted.

  • Cindy Stephens said on March 2, 2009

    Zack, We love your family. So happy to have known your dad and to know where he is now.
    Sincerely,
    Cindy and the whole Stephens familiy.

  • Maciek Lesniak said on March 2, 2009

    My condoleces Zack

  • william said on March 2, 2009

    just wanted to let you know there are prayers going up for you and your family of people you will never meet. my family is one of them and we are praying God’s comforting power and strength during this time.

  • ekim said on March 2, 2009

    Dude, sorry to hear that. Losing a parent is tough, I lost my mother when I was 21 and So far (15 years later) my father is still kicking but years of smoking are taking it’s toll on him. Hang in there and when you’re ready, get to clicking! It can be the best therapy!

  • Michael Gowin said on March 2, 2009

    Very sorry for your loss, Zack. Blessings to you, your family, and your step-mom in the days ahead.

    Michael

  • Aseel said on March 2, 2009

    I am so sorry for your loss!

  • Amy Q said on March 2, 2009

    I’m sorry. My husband, kids and I will pray for you.

  • Wayfaring Wanderer said on March 2, 2009

    Oh my heart is breaking…..and the tears are quickly welling up in my eyes…..

    you seem to have found peace and that will surely get you through this tough time…..

    take care

  • Phil said on March 2, 2009

    Deepest sympathies to you and your family Zack.

    It is times like these are the ones that make us come out stronger in the end.

    Hang tight, you’ll get through!

  • Julia Ranee Holman said on March 2, 2009

    God Bless you and your family… Your Dad raised a good son and I am sure he was very proud of you…

    Jules

  • Nathaniel Tutvid said on March 2, 2009

    Your the man Zach, sorry to hear that. Best of wishes to you and your family.

    Nathaniel

  • Mahesh Balachandran said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences.

  • WasabiNoise said on March 2, 2009

    I’m sorry, this is my first comment. I only want to give you and to your family my condolences.
    All the best to you

  • Steve said on March 2, 2009

    No words

    Condolences

    Enjoy the food!

  • Edd said on March 2, 2009

    My thoughts are with you and yours.

    Walk in Grace.

  • Marla said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences. I was with my father when he passed away a few years ago. Nothing is more precious than being able to say goodbye.

  • Jason Paige said on March 2, 2009

    Sorry for your loss.

    Jason

  • Allan said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family Zach. I was not present when my father passed away, so I did not have the chance to say goodbye. I’m glad for you that you had that precious time together.

  • Jeff said on March 2, 2009

    May he live on forever in your memories and your heart.

  • Alex Menendez said on March 2, 2009

    May you and your family rest well knowing that your father is happily looking down over you and that you do indeed have a very large footprint on this earth. You seem to have it together and the Lord will help you to see the light.

    God Bless

  • Tim Vailoces said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family. Knowing he had you for a son, I think he did pretty well in this thing called life.

  • JVL said on March 2, 2009

    Be well.

  • Roy Ruddell said on March 2, 2009

    Zack,

    I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for your perspective on family. I feel your peace on your father’s passing and know that you made him proud. You are such an inspiration to all of of us, eat well.

  • Mike Mahaffey said on March 2, 2009

    My prayers for you and your family.

  • Francis Fontaine said on March 2, 2009

    Take care Zack…
    Take time…

  • Casey G. Sherrard said on March 2, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts……..

  • Carlos Valentino said on March 3, 2009

    Zack, thank you for being so brave and sharing with us in your time of grief. Your courageous heart is a reflection of your family and I bet you made your Dad proud many times. Eat well, hold each other tightly and remember his smile. God Bless you and yours.

  • scotty said on March 3, 2009

    zack, my dad left 2007 – as a son i can say – it still hurts

    it’ll take time, be greatful for everything your dad did for you

    be well / hannes

  • Gary said on March 3, 2009

    Sorry my friend! Though it may not seem like it now, it will get better.
    Gary

  • Ian Plant said on March 3, 2009

    My condolences

  • Ambar Hadi said on March 3, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family.

    From Indonesia.

  • Charles Stander said on March 3, 2009

    Sorry to hear the news. But like you said – he’s gone to Heaven – time to celebrate with God and the angels.

  • Mano said on March 3, 2009

    My condolences Zack…

  • Sissel Byington said on March 3, 2009

    Saddened to hear about your loss Zack.
    I’m sure you are comforted to know your father is in peace. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • heather kallhoff said on March 3, 2009

    i am so sorry for your loss…please know we offer prayers up for you and your family.

    add my condolances to the many you have already received.

  • Tony Lynch said on March 3, 2009

    My condolences Zack. I discovered your site just the other day via your Transform short film. I hope you and your father were able to speak before his passing. Take care Zack.

  • Aaron said on March 3, 2009

    I don’t know what to say? Thank you for sharing with us. It’s the circle of life but it still hurts.

  • corrado said on March 3, 2009

    My condolences to you and your family.

    Le tue parole hanno un valore profondo e colpiscono per la loro verità. Spero rimarranno presenti nella mia mente ogni giorno. Grazie.

    From Italy

  • sarica said on March 3, 2009

    God Bless…Take care Zack.

  • Paul Douglas said on March 3, 2009

    Sorry to hear about your loss and my deepest condolences to your family Zack.

  • Todd Young said on March 3, 2009

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Your transform video applies in a powerful way to life; 1 John 3 tells us that one day Christ’s followers will be miraculously transformed. I pray you find peace and joy in God’s glorious grace, even in such a time of terrible pain.

  • Gena said on March 3, 2009

    I watched your video today on rawworkflow.com and felt like you were speaking directly to me. I am sorry for the loss of your father, but am glad to know that he touched you so deeply in his life and that you are able to keep a good attitude even through such sadness. Thank you.

  • Jeroen Berkenbosch said on March 3, 2009

    I just commented on your video and was saying ‘the best of luck to you and your dad’. I didn’t know he passed away yet.

    I’m very sorry to hear that and my condolences to you and your family.

  • andrew said on March 3, 2009

    Thanks for being an inspiration and having the courage to bare it all in the name of sharing. It can’t be easy…

  • Mark said on March 3, 2009

    Zack, you don’t know me from adam, but I read your stuff whenever you post it.

    I just wanted to tell you that I’m sorry to hear of your loss.
    Your dad is no doubt in a better place, and the suffering is over.

    Live each day like it counts!
    -Mark

  • Rich C said on March 3, 2009

    So sorry to read about your loss. It’s been 10 years since I said good bye to my mom. They always have a place with us.

  • Leah Haydock said on March 3, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Glad you were with him. Best, Leah

  • jasoncohen said on March 3, 2009

    dont know you at all but i will be praying for you…

  • Kevin Wick said on March 3, 2009

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. we’ve have never meet in person. We however meet online. Our prays are with you and your family.
    Kevin

  • Ghislain Leduc said on March 3, 2009

    Death reminds us how life is fragile and how lucky we are to be here. Remember the good and the bad from him, remember that he did all his best for you.

    There is absolutely nothing to say in these moments, I lost my mother 5 years ago, it sometimes feels only like 5 weeks. You will cry, you will laugh, that’s what counts.

    All the best for you and your family!

  • Joeri said on March 4, 2009

    Hey Zack,

    Sorry for the loss. Happy to have witnessed some frames in your last video. Take care and keep on bringing us the best in photography.

    All the best for you and your family!

  • az said on March 4, 2009

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Kristian Tjong said on March 4, 2009

    My sincere condolences for you and your family. Wishes you and your family the best.

  • Franzoso Ciro said on March 4, 2009

    My condolences to you and your step-mother.
    I have lost my father when i’m 14 , so i never know him really.
    God give you the opportunity do to this and your father give you good memories to remember.. is a great gift,something to which grabbing hold when the life is hard.
    All the best to you and your family!

  • Tracey Tomtene said on March 4, 2009

    I am very sorry for your loss. Reminds us all to hold tight to the ones we love.

    Much warmth, Tracey

  • Johwey Redington said on March 4, 2009

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Christina Montemurro said on March 4, 2009

    Zack, I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to go through this, and I wish you strength and peace.

  • Theo said on March 4, 2009

    I’m very sorry, condolences to you and your family Zack.

  • Teddy said on March 4, 2009

    Sorry Zack for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
    Thanks for sharing a personal part of you with all of us.

  • Edward said on March 4, 2009

    Blessings and peace to you and your family. Keep strong.

  • Thao Tran said on March 4, 2009

    I am very sorry for your loss, I know what it feels like to lose a father. My prayers are with your mom, you and your family. Please take care.

  • A. Tan said on March 4, 2009

    All my condolnces to you and your family.

  • Shara Lana said on March 5, 2009

    You are a strong man. And the way you speak of your father’s strength makes it especially sweet. Your journey through his last days was admirable. In honor of your loss I will do as you said, I will take special care to give my family my love. Thanks for that gift. Now, You go eat some of that amazing food of Love. YUM!!!

  • Adam Varga said on March 5, 2009

    I pray for his soul tonight.
    All my condolnces to you and your family.

    You keep on going mate! It gave sence for life you see!

  • Heather Osilka said on March 6, 2009

    Zack,
    I just found wonderful you while searching the web today. In the past 30 minutes I have been humored, saddened, uplifted, enlightened, and inspired. I love what you said about food when southern people die – so funny and so true! Thanks for all you are doing to help us newbies improve upon what we love – our passion. You are truly a work of art. Now off to love my family……Godspeed!

  • Cesare Jones said on March 6, 2009

    Sincere Condolences Zack.

    You’ve got a great spirit and site.
    Keep up the good work.
    We’re with you & your family.

    Cesare J.

  • Bjorn Tallving said on March 7, 2009

    Condolences from a swedish fan of your pics and site.

    Bj

  • Tom Seibert said on March 8, 2009

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong and take some time to cherish the photos you’ve take of him. Use the photo as a marker in time to remember him as he was then. I truly wish I had more photos of my dad before he passed. God Bless.

    Tom

  • Ann Hamilton said on March 10, 2009

    Thinking of you, and sending you lots of hugs!

  • charlie said on March 10, 2009

    Can’t say anything, but i can’t read it without leaving a note.

  • Julie Lim said on March 16, 2009

    I understand it’s late but would still like to give my condolences to you and your family. Just couldnt read on without leaving a note. God Bless.

  • James Kiffmeyer said on March 28, 2009

    God Bless

  • Nazim Syah said on April 5, 2009

    my condolences to you and your family.

  • Frank Ulmer said on May 8, 2009

    I share your thoughts and feelings. When my mother died I was at her. It was an intense moment, I would not miss. I am glad to have experienced it.

    Since then, I´m more than ever a family man, love every single moment with them.

  • Gill Taylor said on May 12, 2009

    So sorry to read this, so late.

    My condolences and God bless.

  • Jose Ramos said on April 5, 2010

    I am so so sorry

  • Vincent Gregan said on April 19, 2010

    Hi Zack,

    My father passed last year on the 22nd May, I thank god I was able to spend everyday of the three months he was in hospital at his bedside & to be there when he took his final breaths, I feel however that a piece of me died that day. I miss him so much and just want to say thank you as reading your blog inspires me to go out and be all that I can be, especially with my photography, peace & best wishes, Vinny.




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