REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo revealed her grief after losing her father two weeks ago.
The 48-year-old reality show alum told followers that she’s bursting into tears “at nothing and everything,” on Tuesday.
The Bravo star, whose father Joseph Laurita passed away on April 20, said she’s feeling raw and emotional, in a series of Instagram posts.
“It’s been 2 week since my dad died and I still burst into tears at nothing and everything,” Dina wrote, adding that, “nights are the worst.”
She went on to share a video of her father walking down a dock, explaining that, “Right after I stopped filming him, he reached out his hand to me and said, ‘Dina, hold Daddy’s hand.’”
Dina explained that although she and husband Dave Cantin usually take a walk every day at the same time during the pandemic, she had decided against it on the day her dad died.
“For some reason I just wanted to go take a nap instead,” she said. “He passed while I was sleeping. I wish I could remember if I had any dreams.”
She said that’s not the only sign she had from her father.
The day prior to that, Dina said, she and Cantin were talking about her father when “a gorgeous white horse literally walked right up to me.” It turns out, the horse’s name was Joe, just like her father.
“I since found Joe’s stall at the stable and now I stop to talk to him…like a crazy person,” Dina wrote.
She ended her messages with a positive message for people to appreciate their parents while they have them.
“My point is, if you are lucky enough to still have your parents, please be good to them,” she stressed. “Because when they leave, they take a part of you with them.”
Dina and her sister, Caroline Manzo, first broke the sad news of their father’s death on April 21.
“I’ll love you forever and always Daddy ,” wrote Dina. “You can rest now.”
“His favorite song was ‘My Way’ and that’s exactly how he lived his life. His way,” said Caroline, 58.
She continued: “A tougher man there never was, and in his final days he showed that strength over and over again. May God bless you always, Dad, and grant you eternal peace. Know that you were loved. Forever in our hearts. .”
The sisters are two of eleven children shared between Joseph and Nettie Laurita.
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The former Housewives’ brother Chris Laurita – who is husband to fellow RHONJ star Jacqueline Laurita – also posted a tribute to his father.
“Yesterday we lost the strongest man I’ve ever known. Right up until the last breath he taught me how to fight and to NEVER give up.
“Yesterday we lost the strongest man I’ve ever known,” Chris, 50, wrote on Instagram. “Right up until the last breath he taught me how to fight and to NEVER give up. He encouraged me to face all the challenges life throws at you head on! I’ll keep fighting Dad and I promise you I will never give up. I’m sure you’re already watching over all of us. R.I.P 4-20-20.”
Jacqueline, 49, commented: “Your dad was a man that did the best he knew how, who remained married to the only woman he truly loved, and raised 11 beautiful children together through all the trails and tribulations, never once giving up! he was a fighter and a provider to the end! May God bless and rest his soul! XOXO.”
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