The day started out in a very relaxed way until the phone rang.
It was my friend who had just lost his wife a week ago after she had suffered a cardiac arrest. We had attended a quiet gathering with him just a week ago at a local funeral home.
He told us today that he would like us to come to a special memorial service to be held at the place where his wife had worked for many years.
Apparently, there were a lot of people that wanted to pay their last respects to her and celebrate her life, her smile and her friendship. These were all the people who were not able to attend the visitation at the funeral home because it had been for only family members and a few close friends.
We did not hesitate to tell him we would be there and it was our hope that the memorial service would not cause him terrible emotional upheaval again.
We arrived to find a growing crowd of people assembled in the auditorium and our friend waiting at the entrance.
We entered together and were really surprised by the crowd that had gathered. They came from all departments and service areas.
Words of Jesse Jackson
"Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive."
The Service Began
The clergy began by greeting everyone to a celebration of our friend's wife's life. And, it wasn't long before the tears were flowing steadily from many of the attendees.
Our friend was sitting in front of us surrounded by close friends to his wife that she had worked with for many years. Our friend began to sob again so much so that we thought he would totally break down.
But, even though . . .
Hold tight to memories for comfort,
lean on your friends for strength,
and always remember how much you are cared about.