Just a few months ago, Meghan McCain beautifully eulogized her father, the late Senator John McCain.
She just experienced Christmas without her dad for the first time in her life, and shared a short, sweet post on the subject.
Now, she's having to defend herself against trolls who think that grief should be bottled up and never spoken aloud.
"I love you," Meghan McCain wrote in a tweet that paid tribute to her dearly departed father, John McCain.
She included a photo of the late Senator operating an outdoor grill.
"Merry Christmas dad," she continued, including his Twitter handle.
She concluded her tweet with: "Wherever you are."
The first holiday without a close loved one is incredibly difficult.
We're sure that Meghan felt a full swing of emotions when she uploaded that photo.
Tweets are short by their very nature, but writing even just a few words about a recently passed loved one can bring those emotions to the surface.
More than anything else, she would have felt grief as she wrote it.
Unfortunately, one person sent her a very vile reply.
A Twitter account from some nightmarish person whose pinned tweet is by Sebastian Gorka made an absurd demand of Meghan.
"Do this in private," the troll told her.
Meghan quoted the troll's tweet with a message of her own.
"If there’s one thing I’m doing in 2019," Meghan vows. "It’s to continue to destigmatize talking about grief, death, and cancer."
Pretending that your loved one never died doesn't do you any good, and it makes your loved ones walk on eggshells.
"My father shared his life in public," Meghan affirmed.
She continued: "I share it in death."
Meghan continued her tweet, directing her message at many of her followers.
"To all of you out there missing a loved one tonight," she wrote. "You are not alone."
Whether you lost a close loved one a month ago, a year ago, or a decade ago, you can't
"I’m along side you," Meghan concludes. "Sending strength."
That is a very kind, very affirming message.
"An honorable mission, Meghan," replies one fan. "My husband died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 46."
"Grieving in private is convenient only for those who aren’t grieving," the same fan affirms.
That is profound and extremely true.
"We share joy," the fan notes. "Why not share sadness?"
"These are feelings we all experience at some point," the tweet reasons.
The follower concludes: "I send love and strength your way."
"Bless you Meghan," writes another fan.
The follower acknowledges: "I know this Christmas will be especially difficult for you [and] your family."
"I lost my dear Father 5 years ago," the fan reveals. "Not a day goes by that I do not think of him."
"But," the follower notes. "I am so very grateful for the time he was with us."
"Merry Christmas to you and yours," that fan concludes.
As positive as those replies were, that troll was not the only terrible person on Twitter.
"I agree 100%," replied one hater who agreed with the grief-shamer.
"People seem to have this need to publicize and document every thought online," the tweet concluded.
"I agree," chimed in another Twitter clown. "Acting like she's the first and Only one to lose a family member."
That tweet concluded: "All six of mine gone."
Obviously, Meghan McCain is a public figure.
If she had not given her late father a public shout-out, people would have shamed her for "forgetting" her dad.
Also, social media exists for people to document their thoughts and experiences online. It's not supposed to be a cesspool of animosity.
And she very clearly is not acitng like she's the only one to lose a family member. At all.
Maybe that person's personal losses have made them touchy on the subject, but that's not an excuse.
Ultimately, it seems clear that Meghan's critics were politically motivated.
She is not a fan of Trump, which causes some of his fans to view her as a "traitor" to conservatives.
Meghan McCain loves and misses her father. Leave her be.