Reflections on life and death. As I mentioned in my July 7th post, this month marks the 5-year anniversary of my Mom’s departure from this life into her eternal reward in heaven, where she joined my Dad who passed away in 2002. July 11, 2011, was the day we laid her earthly body to rest next to my Dad’s at the Veterans Cemetery in New Hampshire.
An Air Force Honor Guard was present and performed a beautiful flag-folding ceremony with the flag from Mom’s casket (just as an Army Honor Guard did at our Dad’s service). Taps played in the distance by an unseen soldier.
One of the youngest soldiers kneeled and presented the flag to our brother. We all cried and even that young soldier had tears in his eyes as he thanked us for our Mom’s service to the country.
That evening, after having a birthday party for my brother as Mom had wanted us to do (his birthday is July 11), we all went to Gilford Beach – where we all spent many summers as a family – and watched the sunset over Lake Winnipesaukee. It was a peaceful and soothing ending to an emotional day.
“He will lead us to the high country.
When the pasture is bare down here…
our Shepherd will lead us out of the flat lands.
He will take us to the mountain
by way of the valley.
He will guide us to His house
through the valley of the shadow of death.
We all have to face death.
In a life marked by doctor appointments,
dentist appointments, and school appointments,
there is one appointment
that none of us will miss:
the appointment with death.
‘Everyone must die once,
and after that be judged by God’ (Hebrews 9:27).
BUT…I will fear no evil; for YOU are with me.”
–Max Lucado in “Traveling Light”
Each time I reflect on the loss of a loved one, I feel emotions at opposite ends of the spectrum. I feel grieved, sad, and lonely without that person in my life. Yet I also rejoice over the time that person was part of my life, I reflect on the good times, and I look forward to some day seeing that loved one again when it’s my time for that final appointment.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you feel ambivalence in your feelings about losing a loved one?
Do you experience the same desire to see your loved one again after your final appointment on this earth?