Dear Friends and Members,
We can hide from our mortality, but not forever. I was invincible in high school, which is as it should be. Only children with a terminal illness know they are not, and so the Make A Wish Foundation comes in.
But now, after Social Security payments show up automatically in my checkbook, the Make A Wish Foundation days are over. Basically, it's too late.
'Even though I walk through the valley of death...." was the text last Sunday. This Friday morning we are discussing Being Mortal. Many of our dear ones all around us - both family and friends - are contending with the mystery and sadness of saying good bye.
Funerals or Memorial Services are now popularly called 'Celebrations of Life." That's OK, but what's the rush? We can celebrate our beloved's life in the years to come. There's no need to do it within the week. It feels like I'm hiding from something. Rather, let us cry, be bereft, be overcome, be alone. I cannot imagine celebrating the life of a family member before I simply feel intense sadness that our days together here on earth are over. Blessed are those who weep....