Sunday, December 13, 2015

One more post, then I hope to be making cards again. The funeral was a wonderful tribute to my dear husband. It is such a sad occasion but it is so nice to see so many people that you haven't seen in a long time and meet work people I've only heard about through him. Also met a lot of the grandchildren's friends and both of my sons bosses and work people. How kind everyone was.  It is pretty overwheming at the time and seems like they all come at once so you have a very long line. Saturday was a pretty hard day. You know you are saying goodbye. So many more people that weren't there Friday and many who were. The priest led the service and our son Brian spoke. It was just beautiful and celebrated Bill's life. Then Lauren spoke and cried. Then Mitch. It was a while before he could begin to speak because of the tears. It was truly heartbreaking and there wasn't a dry eye when he finally got through it. He had to stop so many times and Lauren was right beside him and she was crying as well. I don't know how they did it. I know Bill knows how much he was loved. The younger grands just cried. We got to the veteran's section of the cementery and the Marines were there and ready. Listening to Taps while they removed the flag from the casket and folded it was a very emotional time for all of us. We went to my niece's afterwards and visited. Even the weather was good. It got up to 70 which is just unheard of here for December. It was overcast but still warm. This is the picture we chose for the folders as it really looks like him. The tux picture was not his everyday look. Thanks again for all the prayers for us. We could feel them and they helped us get through this sad, emotional time. Be as kind to each other as you have been to me.



11 comments:

  1. I was thinking of you and your family all day yesterday and will continue to do so in the coming months. Big cyber hugs. Mrs A.xxxx

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  2. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers, Brenda. God bless you. Big hugs.

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. So, so hard to say goodbye to someone so dear. I'm so glad you shared with us & now I will have this picture of Bill in my mind--such a wonderful picture. Special not to have bad weather. I've never been to the cemetery where the Marines were part of it & I know it must have been so touching. You've been in my heart & thoughts, dear Brenda. Not everyone could have provided the loving care you gave Bill--that is a special blessing God gave him. Take care of yourself & we can talk whenever you're ready.

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  4. Brenda, I just want to say thank you for taking time to call me today. It was wonderful to hear your voice...you are a very strong woman and with all the prayers coming your way and strength from above, you will be making cards again in no time at all and we will be right here encouraging you along the way! God bless!

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  5. Sending lots of hugs and prayers for you and your family Brenda, Cathy x

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  6. You were on my mind all day yesterday. Hugs, sweet friend!

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  7. I was hoping you would share this as I was thinking of you, Brenda. It sounds like it was a wonderful tribute. Having grandsons of my own now, I think it speaks volumes about Bill that his loved him so tenderly. They will never ever forget him. I'm wrapping you in love and hugs as you start this new chapter of your life. Know that you are loved and prayed for, my friend. Huge Hugs, Darnell

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  8. I was sure I'd commented my little friend! What wonderful tributes to your much loved Bill. I worked out the time difference and spent the whole time with you in my thoughts. Darnell is so right about a new chapter - and do allow time to be your friend Brenda.

    Much love

    Di xx

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  9. Thanks for sharing this emotional time with us in Blogland. I'm so thankful for you that you have a strong family unit there to share this difficult time, and hopefully it comforts all of you to be together. I'm so glad that the weather was not dreadful for the ceremony and it sounds as though it was a wonderful celebration of Bill's life. He would be so proud of ALL his family. That's quite an epitaph to any one's life. Big hugs & prayers.

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  10. I was away for a few days, so missed this post when you posted it. It sounds like you all had wonderful celebration of the life of a very special man. I'm sure you will have many treasured memories of Bill, which will help you get through the days and weeks ahead. xx

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  11. Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know; I should have been keeping in touch more. Hugs

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