By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
It is often said that with time, the pain of losing someone close to us heals but in reality, we don’t get over the void left behind by our loved one, we learn to live with it. Some might sit and cry about it, some distract themselves, some have sombre days and gloomy nights; everyone takes their own time to grieve and rebuild themselves around the loss of the loved one. We do move on in our lives but are never the same without the one we have loved deeply. Their memories remain a part of us and we derive strength from it to move in life. That’s what Divya Agarwal is doing post her father, Sanjay Agarwal’s demise due to COVID-19 in October 2020. (Also Read: Himansh Kohli Reacts On Being Targeted With Trolls And Hatred Ever Since Breakup With Ex Neha Kakkar)
It was in October when Divya Agarwal had lost her father, Sanjay Agarwal to COVID-19 and mourning the biggest loss of her life, she had penned a eulogy. Sharing a family picture, Divya had written, “In this battle of life.. my dad has always taught me to be strong.. I’m hell of a strong daughter and will prove it to life that no matter how bad it is.. I’m going to face you with love n believe in god. My dad needs a lot of prayers .. saam daam dand bhed.. I’ll fight this.. I won’t sit at home n lock myself.. I’ll continue to work, laugh and be positive.. I’m fighting with God like a kid to a parent.. you have to give me my happiness.. and god is just testing.. I want to love and laugh in my life.. that’s my choice. I’m glad I have so many people around me standing right next to me.. my family, friends all of you. Zindagi tu ye bhi karle, dekh tera banda muskuraate huye sambhal jayega, datt kar khada reh bande, ye waqt bhi badal jayega… I pen down my feelings… #satnaamwaheguru.”
A couple of days after her father’s demise, Divya Agarwal had resumed work and posted happy pictures of herself on her social media handle. For the same, Divya was brutally trolled and was subjected to some insensitive comments. Reacting on the same, Divya, in an interview with the Bombay Times, stated, “It’s not affecting me personally, but I am worried about others who face similar attacks. I returned to work two days after my father passed away, and was targeted by trolls. My work requires me to hide my real emotions, wear make-up and look happy. That makes it easier for people to judge me. The truth is, I have always found solace in my work. Besides, I am the only bread-winner of my family. Dad has left a void that can’t be filled, but I have to work for my mom and younger brother and keep myself distracted. I could have cried and grieved in public, as was expected by the people, but that would have affected my loved ones. After dad, my younger brother looks up to me, I have to be strong for him.”
Revealing that no one had worn white at her father’s funeral and she doesn’t allow her mother too, to wear white, Divya Agarwal continued, “I can’t mourn the way people want me to, is there a rule book for it? I haven’t allowed anyone to put a garland on his picture or my mom to wear white. In fact, no one wore white at his funeral. I want to celebrate his life, I don’t want to be constantly reminded that he is no more. I don’t want validation from people that I am grieving, it is personal.” (Also Read: Bharti Singh And Haarsh Limbachiyaa Get Trolled As They Attend Aditya-Shweta's Reception Post-Bail)
Recalling her father, Sanjay Agarwal’s final days and how she used to take updates as she wasn’t allowed to visit him at the hospital, Divya Agarwal said, “My dad died following COVID-related complications. He was hospitalised and I tried my best to give him the best medical care possible. I live in Bandra with Varun (Sood, boyfriend). I was not allowed to meet him, so all I could do was get regular updates. In fact, my whole family was infected and in the hospital, but fortunately, my mom and brother recovered. Dad already had a lot of health issues; he was a heart patient and had also suffered brain hemorrhage in the past. In the last few days, his heart wasn’t functioning properly. I was hoping for him to get better. A day before his death, I saw him from a distance and realised that he was in so much pain.”
Revealing that her father was the first one whom she had told about her beau, Varun Sood, Divya Agarwal said, “He meant the world to me. He was very protective, but when he realised that I could take care of myself, he let me be. We were like friends. He was the first one I told about Varun and they shared a great bond.” Post Divya’s father’s demise, Varun had posted a picture of the father-daughter duo on his IG handle and had captioned it as "You are always with me... i love you papa.. RIP."
In November, Divya Agarwal had posted a picture with her mother and brother, and revealed how she has taken up the responsibilities of her family post her father’s demise. Divya had written, “I have had the biggest loss of my life... nothing is close to losing a father in a daughter’s life. NOTHING. I forgave my god to take the beautiful gem of my life so abruptly… Dear dad, I’m taking full responsibility for our beautiful family and I’ll not let you down … And I remember who are with me during these crucial days.. I’m strong doesn’t mean I don’t need anyone.. but I’m strong enough to decide a few things ... #loveyoudad.” (Also Read: Hrithik Roshan's FIR Against Kangana Ranaut Moves To Crime Branch, Actress Asks, 'Kab Tak Royega?')
We wish for more strength to Divya!