Meghan McCain announced on Twitter Saturday that she is taking a social media break to honor the one-year death of her father, Senator John McCain.
Along with a photo of the pair in Cornville, Arizona, The View co-host tweeted, “On this anniversary until his birthday after the 29th I am going to take a break from social media. The memory of my father’s life continues to guide me today, as it always will. Remember to cherish your loved ones. I still can’t believe my heart didn’t stop when yours did, Dad.”
Four days before his 82nd birthday, the United States Senator passed away on August 25, 2018, from glioblastoma, a brain tumor.
Meghan added in another tweet, “Last year tomorrow, August 25th was the worst day of my life. I lost my hero. I miss my father every single day, I will for the rest of my life. Grief is omnipresent and relentless. For every single person who has sent prayers, love & support to my family, we are truly grateful.”
She also shared a photo of her and her father holding hands.
In the days leading up to the anniversary of his death, John’s widow and Meghan’s mother Cindy McCain wrote an essay for People, explaining that motherhood has been instrumental in her healing. “My children are adults, but they were hurting too, and being a trusted counselor and supportive presence to them is the most fulfilling purpose I have,” she wrote. “Best of all, I’m expecting a new grandson, a cause for tears of joy not sorrow. [Jack and his wife, Holly, are expecting their first child.]”
Cindy wrote that her family has emerged from their darkest period. “Our heaviest grief has subsided, which I’m sure would have prompted John to wise crack, “It’s about time.” He could never stand still, and he didn’t want us to languish in our loss. Neither did he want us to mark the anniversary of his passing with solemn commemorations and tears, but to celebrate the life we shared with him.”
The senator’s wife revealed that after his death, she made a major move. “I moved back to the neighborhood where I grew up, where John and I began our married life and where we raised our children,” she wrote in People. “I feel comforted there by the lifetime of happy memories and nurtured by the familiar sights and rhythms of the neighborhood.”
Meghan, who has co-hosted The View since October 2017, often defends her father’s memory. In February 2017, when the senator reportedly called the United State’s raid in Yemen a “failure,” President Trump responded that he doesn’t “how to win anymore.”
The comment spurred Megan to tweet in anger, “Trump has never served. My father can’t bend one of his knees or lift one of his arms above his head. I am done with this today. DONE. Disagree with politics ANY single day but how dare anyone question the honor of my father and his service.
Meghan also took on the president in March, tweeting, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”