I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Saturday was the first day I woke up in my own bed in 16 days. It’s so good to be home.
Normally I would not write about the details of a funeral service of a loved one. But Karen’s funeral was special in so many ways, I want to share a few parts of it with you.
CDF Firefighters Honor Guard
and Cal Fire
, together with family members and close friends, organized a deeply touching service complete with bag pipes, last alarm, flag folding ceremonies, and Posting of the Colors.
A two-mile long procession of fire vehicles followed our family from the church mass to the graveside service, 45-minutes away. It was an unforgettable memorial for an unforgettable woman.
|Karen’s personal truck for Cal Fire carried her casket to the church.
One of the most poignant parts of the service was Karen’s best friend, Wendy, delivering the eulogy. Karen wanted to write her own eulogy but since her first craniotomy, she was unable to write. She asked Wendy to help her and over the course of eight months, they met to slowly put Karen’s words down on paper without anyone else knowing what they were doing.
She also asked Wendy to read the eulogy at her service. Wendy did an outstanding job helping Karen sort out her thoughts, transcribe them, then recite her words to a large crowd.
We should all be so fortunate to have a friend like Wendy. She is a remarkable woman with such a kind and generous heart.
The family was given copies of the eulogy. In it Karen expresses her love for her children, husband, siblings, parents, and other family members and friends. And she recounts some humorous, meaningful and memorable events, both in her career and with her loved ones, throughout her 47-years.These are cherished words that everyone who knew her, especially her family, will treasure for a lifetime.
She closed with this:
A combination of this last paragraph, being away from home unexpectedly for such an extended time and having been so entrenched in the final days of Karen’s life and beyond has brought me new perspectives on life, mortality, family, friends and love.I am sure many people experience the same when a loved one passes away. It’s as though someone pressed my reset button so that I can look at life with new eyes.
I think it’s time for me to return to those things that allow me to live my “happy”. So I will be getting back to the usual blogging material soon, just in time for Tuesday’s “How I Wear My:
Date Night Outfit”. If you would like to join me and Jill of Everything Just So
, send in a photo of yourself in your date night look before Tuesday to be included.
Thank you to all who have been so wonderful with your comments and messages of condolence to me and my family over these last nearly three weeks. I am so grateful to have such thoughtful, kind and warm-hearted people in my life.
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