Abigail Breslin Spends First Christmas Without Her Father, Who Died from COVID-19: 'Some Days Are Harder'

"It's hard to know I can't call my daddy and wish him a merry Christmas or send him a gift certificate to a good steakhouse," Abigail Breslin shared on Christmas Eve

Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Abigail Breslin is reflecting on her first Christmas without her father, Michael Breslin.

On Friday, the 25-year-old actress penned a lengthy message on Instagram, where she opened up about the array of emotions she was experiencing around the holiday season following her father's death from COVID-19 earlier this year.

"Merry Christmas eve everyone! I'm not gonna lie. This one is a weird one for me. My first holiday season sans my dada," Abigail began. "I love the holiday season and am so thankful I get to spend it with my mom, my brothers, my friends and my boyfriend… I'm truly blessed. But it's hard to know I can't call my daddy and wish him a merry Christmas or send him a gift certificate to a good steakhouse (lol)."

Noting that "some days are harder than others," the Scream Queens star continued by writing that "grief is a tricky little monster."

"I wish there was an expiration date to missing someone… but I had almost 25 great years of having an awesome dad and I feel as though I know what he'd be saying right now," Abigail added. "I think [it would] be somewhere along the lines of 'why ya crying kid? I'm fiiiiiiine. Don't worry about me! Love you, pretty.' "

Closing out her message, Abigail wrote: "To anyone who's missing someone this holiday season… I see you, I hear you and you're not alone."

"Nonetheless, I'm going to heavily cherish those who are here and hug them harder than ever," she added. "Merry christmas to all… and to all, a good night."

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Abigail Breslin and her father
Abigail Breslin and her father. Abigail Breslin/Instagram

Back in February, Abigail announced that her father had died shortly after contracting COVID-19. He was 78.

"Hard to write this. Harder than I thought.. I'm in shock and devastation," she wrote at the time alongside photos of her father from over the years. "At 6:32 PM EST, my sweet, perfect, amazing, heroic, wonderful dada passed away after my family and I said goodbye."

Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday.

"It was COVID-19 that cut my sweet daddy's life too short," Abigail added. "I appreciate more than you know, the love and support my family and I have received."

RELATED VIDEO: Nico Santos Reveals How His Family Is Coping with the Death of His Stepfather Due to Covid-19

The Little Miss Sunshine actress' brothers — Ryan Breslin and Spencer Breslin, who are also actors — shared their own tributes for their late father at the time as well.

"My father, Mike passed away this evening after battling Covid for the better part of the past three weeks and It's extraordinarily unfair," Ryan wrote. "My dad had plenty of hardships and obstacles in his life, but he always set an unparalleled example of will, determination, sticktoitiveness ... he overcame adversity and was a champion of the people he loved."

Added Spencer: "I love this man that helped bring me into this world and raised me and loved my mother and my two amazing siblings. Death is the one thing we all have in common, but never expect. Love you, Dad. Forever and ever."

Related Articles