It could be very difficult for people to articulate how they feel for the ones they love. I know that my dad is a very stoic person and that it could be very difficult for him to tell us how he felt about us growing up, but he had no problem telling my mom how much he loved her. He was also very affectionate with her and it showed. He would write love poems for her and I knew that it meant a lot to her. He was very different with her than he was with us and I still have a hard time understanding that as an adult with a family of my own. I equally love all of my children and my husband, as far as showing affection in front of one another, I do not hold back by saying I love you or hugging any of them, even if it is embarrassing.
When my mom found out that she had ovarian cancer I thought that it was going to go easy for her, but it was not something that went easy at all. She spent the last three months of her life in the worst pain that I had ever seen anybody in and he was so graceful with her. He took care of her better than I had ever seen another human take care of any living thing. I do not know if I would have the courage to do what he did, but when he went to work and I was taking care of her during the day, I would take out those poems he had written to her from years ago and it seemed like all of the pain went away, she would often go into a peaceful sleep while I was reading them to her.