Mourning is an unusual experience.
You think you are ready for it…but you never are.
My mom died when I was 21.
My dad died when I was 47.
Losing your parents is a normal part of life but grief is an unescapable feeling.
The Bible says sadness has a refining influence on us.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all everyone dies – so the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time. (Ecclesiastes 7:3,4)
I guess this makes me half wise and half foolish.
Here’s a few pics from my Dad’s funeral
My big sis Betsy with my sons.
A very cool and unexpected moment was when the presiding officer over the service asked my son Joshua to lead the procession. Being in the military has it's perks. My Dad would have been thrilled!
My son Tyler with my step-mom, Sallie.
The newest family entry...Zac...was a hit with all the cousins!
As one life ends...another begins
By the end of the day, I was emotionally fried. I am very vain and hate bad pics of myself but when my wife told me I looked like Keith Richards here...I found it very fitting.