A Day At A Funeral

Today Cory and I spent most of the day at the funeral services for our friend, Nate's, Dad. He passed away unexpectedly last week. 

It was a really great service. I only met his dad once, but Cory grew up at their house and knew him pretty well and was upset about his passing. It sounded like he was a pretty incredible man. I really enjoyed hearing all the stories from over his life.  It was hard to see his kids hurting with the loss of their dad, but they do believe in eternal families which brought peace and comfort to them. 

I always have a rough time at funerals, but especially the graveside services. When they throw in Amazing Grace by one of these I really struggle, and today was no exception. 
The last time I heard this played at a graveside was at my nephews service... I don't know if it's because I'm pregnant or what, but it hit me so hard and I completely lost control. I started sobbing and couldn't stop. I felt ridiculous because I didn't know Nate's Dad and here I was bawling my eyes out -- except no one knew it was for someone else and the other loses we've experienced in our lives. But as much as it makes me cry to hear it, I also love bagpipes more than most things and it was amazing to have him there. 

One of the family members that spoke talked about how now is the time to prepare to meet God. He said that death is something to rejoice if a man is ready to meet God again. It really hit me how true that was. Funerals always make people think about the frailty of life and how important it is to not put things off. If I were called home tomorrow, would I feel ready to stand in the presence of my Lord? His dad had just renewed his temple recommend two days before he died. He was prepared. It was a powerful lesson for me to live after his example. 

They had a party afterward to celebrate their dad which I thought was a really cool idea. Again everyone shared hilarious stories and it really did feel more like a party than a funeral. 

Funerals always make me think about my own life and make me want to live it a little better, a little fuller, and a little happier. I'm human, and I'll forget from time to time, but I'm going to do better to remember what's really important. 

I'm pretty tired and today wasn't exactly "fun" (even though when I told my dad we were going to a funeral he said, 'Ok! Have fun!' Haha) so I don't have much else to talk about. I hope everyone enjoys their 3 day weekend! 

See you, soon! 

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