My father’s funeral is today, so after this I promise some much more upbeat posts… However, combining the two is possible today – the funeral and upbeat.
We had the receiving of friends and family yesterday and after expecting a trickle of friends and family, we were happy to have the place packed, shoulder to shoulder, for three hours. There were plenty of condolences but many more laughs and remembrances of a great man, husband, father and friend. Even my last boss, now good friend, showed up. My buddy Brian came by for a time and even Canuck Steve and English Pete’s wife and kids (Pete is at a 10 day silent retreat, so pray for him!). Friends from the old neighborhood showed in waves, as did some family members. My mother-in-law and step father-in-law came down and stayed with us.
After the viewing we all, and the kids, went over to my sister’s house and shared pizza, salad and a whole lot of memories and laughs.
This has been better and more healing than I ever could have hoped. I am truly a blessed man.