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By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006

I attended a family funeral yesterday afternoon.

It was a crisp clear November day here in Northern Ireland, such a contrast with the previous miserably wet day. I suppose you could say it was a nice day to get buried.

The service took place in a little country Church, and I was reflecting on the words spoken by the Minister – words taken from the Bible and aimed at providing hope and comfort to the grieving relatives.  I always feel so sorry for the immediate family in these circumstances – as their grief is placed centre-stage and they endure the trauma of watching, in this instance, a loving husband and father lying in his coffin. And isn’t that where the sting lies – it lies in the sense of LOSS. It lies in the recognition that they won’t see him ever again on this Earth. It lies in the finality of the circumstances. The ending of the relationship.

Those who implicitly believe what the Bible tells us, like myself, take comfort in the knowledge that whilst the funeral may mark the end of the human journey, it is but the beginning of that which is to come.

But that still doesn’t make the loss easy. It doesn’t mend an aching heart. This life is not called the veil of tears without good reason. In our busy daily lives, it is good sometimes to take a little time out and ponder on the deeper aspects of life and death – for assuredly we will all have to face days like yesterday.

4 Responses to “THE STING….”

  1. Condolences David.

  2. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Sorry for your troubles David. It puts me in mind of needing to pre-plan my mother’s funeral.

  4. My condolences to your family.

    Memories are very precious but no past memories of a person make up for the fact that you are no longer able to create more.