We gathered together today, family and friends, and bid our farewells to Aunt Sue. Her cap bore the inscription, “God is Good”. Pictures of her children and grandchildren lined the inside of the casket lid. The songs she chose were beautiful and so very stirring. Her nephews bore her body in its casket to the graveside then added their individual boutonnieres to the casket spray. My brother kissed his before placing it in the arrangement…his own personal goodbye.
Aunt Sue has gone on and the requisite rituals have been completed but her essence is all around us still. I heard more than one person say today that they thought they heard her laugh mixed in among the many voices in the house. My cousin Dwayne believes they did hear her laugh. I believe it too. So, Aunt Sue, if I am to carry you with me forevermore then I want to make sure you have plenty to laugh about…the time for tears is over. I want to hear you laugh. Let’s get on with living.
I want to thank all of you for the many prayers and well wishes during this most difficult time. Your love and caring was so very much appreciated. I love you all.