Hilary Swank has revealed she’s mourning the loss of her father, Stephen Michael Swank, who passed away in October.
The Hollywood star shared the sad news on her Instagram page ahead of the New Year, reminding us all to not only cherish the moments with those we love but also, to live as our truest selves.
“This past year was a big one for me and I know for so many of us. I have been off my phone and social media for a couple months due to a tremendous personal loss. In October, my Dear Dad made his transition to the other side,” Hilary’s message begins.
“I had a rather unique relationship with him as I was his sole caretaker after a lung transplant seven years ago. I grew incredibly close to him during this time, deepening our relationship and savouring every moment we had together,” she continues.
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“He will always remain one of my most favourite persons and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. But in this physical loss, as devastating as it is, I was awakened to the truest sense of living again. It helped me better understand the circle of life and where we come from and where we go back to, which has connected me back to my truest self. It helped me forgive, to move past things that hold me back, in whatever form that takes each day. As well as being deeply connected to the Ultimate Source and therefore, my Dad, always.”
Hilary ended her message by urging her 1.1 million Insta followers to start the New Year by finding ourselves first.
“This last year, I hope whatever trials and tribulations you all have had on your life journey, bring you closer to your truest essence and help guide you into this New Year with whatever blessings you most need. We are all in this together. I love you all and am grateful for this community. Peace and Many Blessings to you, in all the forms they may come.”
According to an earlier post by Hilary, Stephen Michael Swank was a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant who served in the United States Air Force for 27 years.
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