I would say that I was sorry for not being a better son.
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The he in this sentence referrs to my Dad. Apparently, I'm more upset than I realized. Probably shouldn't have answered this question.
I'd say he brought up three funny girls. And as for me. I would really have to apologize for a stupid thing I did. Stupid but not sinful.
Communicating your thoughts and feelings always has a point and does not end with death. There is nothing selfish about finding closure. I do agree with you to have it said while they are here to appreciate it in person.