Sterling and I attended the funeral for his niece’s husband a few days ago, and I wanted to share a few thoughts I had. My intent is not to offend but to share a few personal beliefs on my personal blog; I trust you understand.
First of all, the funeral was a beautiful tribute to an outstanding man. Steve died quite young—he was only in his early 50s. He had suffered from health problems his entire life, and most of his adult life he was both blind and deaf. Despite these challenges, he worked hard to create a successful career and, even more importantly, an exemplary family. He had three children—all grown now—who spoke at his funeral, and each of them spoke about what an amazing father he was and how much they learned from him.
In fact, all the speakers commented on how positive Steve was; how despite his health challenges, he didn’t complain; how he taught them to never give up and to make the best out of whatever life situation they found themselves in. And that’s certainly one of the things I learned from Steve. He truly did exemplify enduring to the end like few people I know. He lived with constant pain, chronic disabilities, and lifelong challenges, yet he managed to stay faithful and upbeat. . .
The second thought I had was how grateful and humbled I am to know that life doesn’t end at death, that we will see and be with those we love even after this life. Steve’s family—his wife, his children, their spouses, and his five grandchildren—will definitely miss him and, even with the knowledge that they will see him again, grieve him. But as they grieve, they will also be comforted with the knowledge that Steve is in a better place, in a perfect body, seeing and hearing his grandchildren for the first time!
That’s an amazing thought, and I felt so much comfort and peace this weekend as I reflected on my beliefs that, after this life, our bodies can be made whole and our families can be together. Just wanted to share. . . .