On Saturday, I accompanied my Mum to a memorial service. A dear , long time friend of hers had passed away, just a week after her 65th birthday. She was a sweet, caring woman with a ready smile.
Her sons, in their thirties, presented a wonderful eulogy. Complete with a DVD slide show of Lynne and her friends and family throughout her life. They portrayed the woman we all knew and also let us in on some little stories and events that some of us hadn't known about. They made it a happy presentation, a true celebration of her life. Lynne would would not want us to be sad or bitter that she had died so young. She would want us to remember her with laughter and happy thoughts.
I am a very emotional person. I cry at commercials! I can cry at a strangers wedding. Memorials, I have no chance of keeping a dry eye! I don't know how these young men, who obviously cared deeply about their mother, were able to make such a wonderful, humorous and touching eulogy. She would have been very proud of them. There is no way on earth I could stand up to say a few words for a loved one of mine.
Memorials and funerals always cause me to remember not just the life being celebrated at that service, but all those who have gone before. Perhaps when death touches our lives we are closer to the spirits of others we have lost.
May they all rest in peace.