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06/14/2014 01:51 pm ET | Updated Aug 13, 2014

Happy Father's Day: RIP Dad, I Am Finally at Peace

Toan, Age 5, in #12 Shirt with Family
If you've ever lost a parent, you probably dread Mother's Day and Father's Day and any other holiday that reminds you of your loved ones.

I lost my Dad to stomach cancer in 2001. That year was a blur to me as I lost Dad, Auntie and both grandmothers all in about a year's time. I'm surprised I survived that experience. I hardly remember anything from that time. I can only recollect moving to L.A. to live on a friend's couch and losing my voice for two months (that's a big deal, if you know me, I LOVE to talk). 

I can't believe it's been 13 years since the sadness and sorrow. The only thing worse is the burden of unfinished business with Dad that I too will have to take to my grave one day.

But this Father's Day, I can finally say that I am at peace with Dad. Thanks to two friends -- angels on Earth really -- one of whom, was a complete stranger who helped me let go of the unsettled business I had with pops.

I met Fiona "Love" Pattison at a castle during my friends Cathy Hue and Julian Shah-Tayler's wedding in Durham, England. Yes, a real castle - what a fantastic backdrop for our friendship to develop. Our connection was even more magical. I knew she was an evolved soul. I felt like we've known each other since we were kids. We connected over storytelling, good deeds and our genuine love of all things artsy fartsy. She said, "The world needs this now, more than ever. There is a shift happening. What you're doing with storytelling and social media is really special." Immediately, she vowed to help with public relations and spread the news of Go Inspire Go in the U.K. She pitched a story, connected me to the talented filmmaker Oli Cohen, and the rest was history. Here's the story we produced about a fabulous couple who created a Compassionate Tea Movement: