Friday, August 23, 2013


Everyone should read this article called, "Always go to funerals."

Like the author of the above article, my parents have always instilled in me the importance of saying goodbye, and of supporting the families and friends of the recently passed. Of course, my uncle and grandfather own and operate funeral homes, so it's likely that I am closer to the issue than most.

Over the last few years, I have witnessed and experienced colossal, devastating loss. Even when there is a chilling absence of peace and comfort, each funeral and visitation has offered a powerful sense of community, and of love. Even when the condolences are awkward, they are heartfelt. Even when the grieving family cannot offer you a smile that would ease the tension, they are grateful for your presence.

So, F is for funerals. It's not a glamorous topic, but it sure is an equalizing one. Like the author, I urge you to attend them. Even more, make others - your spouse, your children, your friend who "thinks it's creepy" - go with you, too.


LH said...

Okay, I'm going to try to be better about this. I tend to avoid them.