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There aren’t very many people that can honestly admit that they have no regrets in life. And only that person can determine the heft of that emotion. Our hearts can’t help but break a bit for Texas country star, Josh Abbott, who seems to have a considerable burden he is bearing.

It was this time last year that Josh shared the news that his father, David Abbott, had suffered a stroke.

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Josh didn’t share a lot of details at first, but then he posted a particularly poignant photo on the band’s Instagram page that gave a little more insight into the gravity of the situation.

True love. I debated whether to post this pic or not but I believe the love shown here is worth sharing in a social media world so full of hate, cynicism, & vanity. It's not a holiday; no one is posing or smiling; it's just my mom being there for my dad. 38 years, for better or worse. It truly reminds me how blessed I am to have such great parents….I also have great friends who supported me for the last 11 days w/ visits, calls, & texts. From free hotel rooms (@claytonisom) to a vehicle all week (@teamt8) to free meals (Cagle's, Arrogant Texan) to cookies (@njisom) and so much more, this week if anything has been a reminder that we are blessed with friends and family. And lastly, thank you all for the posts and messages regarding dad. I'll update you all soon on his status, as we are awaiting some tests this week.

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Three weeks after the devastating stroke, David passed away, leaving behind his wife and two sons, Josh and Chance.

This weekend, the singer-songwriter shared another post and revealed that he has some misgiving about a decision he made when he learned of his father’s stroke.

“I got the call while in the studio,” he writes. “Without knowing how serious it would end up being, I still played our two shows that weekend and flew in to see him on Sunday. It was too late; the effects of the stroke set in, and I would never hear my father speak again. He fought another three weeks, but he couldn’t talk to me due to his condition. He couldn’t tell me he loved me, although he did sign it with his hand. He couldn’t tell me what life would hold in store for me. He couldn’t tell me a story I had heard countless times before yet yearned for one more.”

Josh very candidly continues, “That decision haunts me still and brings a grown man to tears. I should’ve gone home immediately and I’ll have to live with that forever.”

The native of Idalou, Texas, then encourages others to not let this happen to them. “I write this from a vulnerable and reflective lens,” he adds. “It’s therapeutic for me, but it’s my hope that in reading this you’ll find that extra time to see your family and hug them; take a busy minute to call your mom or grandma, or send an ‘I love you’ text to someone who deserves it.”

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Sadly, Josh’s father didn’t survive to see the birth of his firstborn’s firstborn, a sweet little girl named Emery Farryn. However, Josh’s younger brother, Chance, and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Eisley Dawn, in January of 2017.

Our thoughts are with Josh and the rest of the Abbott family as they continue to cope with the loss of their family’s patriarch.

A country artist reflects on the devastating decision that he can’t get out of his head  Instagram/@JoshAbbotBand
Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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