About Fatherless Daughters
My Dad, John Eppich, passed away on September 15, 2009, and my life as I knew it would never be the same. I think I was in shock the first year after his death. It didn’t seem real to me at all and I had to constantly remind myself that he wasn’t going to be at family gatherings, at my house on Sunday to watch the Green Bay Packers play, birthdays, holidays — everything was different. I was shaken to my absolute core with no end in sight.
I went to grief counseling in 2011. I remember sitting in the counselor’s office at the first appointment; I was sobbing and she asked me, “How long has it been since your Dad passed away?” I looked at her and said 2009. She was obviously shocked when I answered and I looked at her and said, “What?” I remember her saying, “The way you were crying I thought it happened maybe a month or a week ago.” That’s when I knew counseling wasn’t going to work though I continued to go. I still to this day have no idea why.
I remember in 2012 things were really spinning out of control. I was depressed, suicidal, it seemed nothing was helping. No matter what I did this dark cloud followed me around daily, suffocating me. I started searching the internet. I had heard of Motherless Daughters and thought surely there had to be something like that out there for people like me. I looked and looked. There were things, a book that was written, a organization in Atlanta, Georgia, but the more I researched about them I found out that it was for daughters whose father abandoned them, either emotionally or physically. It was not what I was looking for.
I thought how can this be? There have to be other people like me that feel this way…there just has to be. In 2012 I created Fatherless Daughters on Facebook as my way to put my feelings out into the world my way. I didn’t tell anyone about it, not even my family. I just wanted something for myself and anyone else that felt the way I felt: lost, isolated, alone, sad… so very, very sad.
Fatherless Daughters, I am very happy to say, saved my life. It is a community of women from all over the globe that understand my grief, and I understand theirs. A strong, loving, supportive, amazing group of women who read my posts and thought, maybe she understands me. And I do! I have made lifelong friendships, written and spoken with the most amazing women — it still to this day baffles me that out of my grief this amazing gift was given to me to share with anyone who has lost their Dad.
I still miss my Dad every day. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him, but I’m not alone. I have my Fatherless Daughter “Sisters” that keep me going every day. Our daily conversations make me want to do more for other women out there who feel the pain that we have all felt, to let them know that they are not alone.
About Stephanie Daily, CEO and Executive Director of Fatherless Daughters
Stephanie is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Indiana Business College, she received a Business Administration, Associates Degree from Indiana Business College.
Stephanie worked in the insurance industry before transitioning into social media. She opened her own digital marketing agency focusing mostly on local restaurants. She accepted a position with Firebelly Marketing agency as their Social Media Manager in 2012 where she worked with large and small businesses creating and executing social media strategies. In 2016 she accepted the Social Media Manager position with Site Strategics, a Digital Marketing agency. She was instrumental in success of the podcast “Edge of Indy” focusing on Indianapolis Businesses.
In March 2017 Stephanie decided to leave her position at Site Strategics to pursue her calling, Fatherless Daughters. Fatherless Daughters is a global 501c3 based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Fatherless Daughters will provide counsel, friendships, grief management plans, grief phone calls, grief workshops, Fatherless Daughters events, and so much more. Keep looking for updates here and on our Facebook page.