Senator John McCain touched the lives of many Americans, but no one knows this as vividly as his daughter, Meghan McCain, who spent many days by her father’s side as he battled cancer.
Sen. McCain died Saturday evening with his family by his side. Following his death, his family received an outpouring of support from around the country.
In response to this outpouring, Meghan penned a letter of appreciation for the display of kindness that allowed Americans to see her “beloved father” through her eyes:
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
My father, United States Senator John McCain III, departed this life today.
I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman — and he showed me what it is to be a man.
All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.
My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad — but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.
Your prayers, for his soul and for our family, are sincerely appreciated.
My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things.
‘The dream is ended: this is the morning.’
Sen. McCain’s wife, Cindy, also took to Twitter to respond to the death of her husband, writing that her “heart is broken”:
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018
McCain namesake, John “Jack” McCain IV, also wrote a brief memorial on Twitter, calling him a “giant”:
It is not the man that was great, but instead it was his desire to serve a cause greater than himself that defined his life. To me, he was a giant, but to him he was an imperfect servant of the nation he loved deeply. Fair winds, following seas, and clear skies.
— Jack McCain (@McCainJack) August 26, 2018
Sen. McCain was clearly loved by his family. As Meghan wrote, his spirit will live on in his legacy of service to this nation and in the lives of his family.
“We know that his flame lives on, in each of us.”