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Fab Five – Tears, Hugs, Reunions, Sharing and Legacy

Jan 25, 2014 | Blog Posts, Grief & Loss, Hope & Inspiration, Transformation

Everyone makes lists. From the to-do list and grocery list to birthday lists and chore lists; like it or not, lists are part of our lives. I’m a big list maker and jotted down a list of things I learned this week at the funeral of my best friend’s dad:

  1. Tears flow for many reasons. Expressing sorrow, saying goodbye with hints of healing.
  2. Hugs abound, from close family members to long-time friends and acquaintances; hugs are the universal sign of hope.
  3. Reunions of a family who is spread out across the country, boisterous poker buddies and a faithful church family; reunions complete the circle of life.
  4. Sharing of life stories, remembering the good old days and compiling memories for the young ones.
  5. Legacy of how you want to be remembered. My friend’s family agreed 100% that their dad would be remembered for his integrity that was strict, personal honesty. I don’t know about you, but to be remembered for your integrity is a powerful statement of the man he was and of his new citizenship in Heaven. Rest in peace Mr. Carl.
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– Sandy Richards

Sandy Richards is a devoted mom and celebrated author whose experience of losing a child has allowed her to connect, inspire and heal with other grieving parents through her memoir A Far Cry ...From Home and her blog. In addition, Sandy strives each day to inspire children to read, imagine, and smile through her award winning children’s books and ongoing volunteerism in her local school district. Sandy lives with her husband, Joe, in Milford, MI.