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:
- Tears flow for many reasons. Expressing sorrow, saying goodbye with hints of healing.
- Hugs abound, from close family members to long-time friends and acquaintances; hugs are the universal sign of hope.
- 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.
- Sharing of life stories, remembering the good old days and compiling memories for the young ones.
- 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.