Monday, June 13, 2011

Beautiful Funeral

I don't even know if it's appropriate to say a beautiful funeral. But it's the word that comes to mind when I look back to the memorial service for a young man we went to last week. It's a sad story really on how he passed away but I'm not going to dwell on that anymore. It may be morbid for some to talk about death and funerals but we can't escape it, can we? It's a sad part of life. Besides, no one comes out of life alive, to steal one of the popular quotes.

Again, it was a lovely service. Naturally, there was a lot of sadness and crying, sorrow and pain, but it was the perfect place and the right time to feel that way. The family and friends at the memorial all felt that way, and I guess we will still feel this way for a very long time. It's the physical separation that makes death so painful. Death is also the ugliest thing that has ever happened to mankind here on earth. No matter how or when we die, it will always be painful and ugly for those who are left behind. Isn't it too horrible to think that we will never ever going to see those who have passed away physically here on earth again? Missing someone we love puts a heavy load on our hearts. Absence only makes the "hearts grow fonder" when we know we're going to see each other again. And I think that what makes the funeral service last week so beautiful because it made our hearts grow fonder with the thought that we will indeed see that young man again. In God's perfect time.

At the memorial, they also called it a "homecoming." How appropriate! 
"Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." -2 Corinthians 5:6-8 

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ." -Philippians 3:20

That young man is now in a much more better place. Actually, make that a perfect place! And these are not just words we say to each other to make us feel better. It is the truth. We are the ones who need comfort and healing as we try to move on after our loss. And we need the strength as we try to pick up where we left off before we began mourning. It's going to be a challenge but people do it all the time. Life goes on. We wipe off our tears and try to smile again. We have to put a brave front for those who depend on us. There are still children to take care of, spouses to love, friends to uplift, dishes to wash, clothes to fold, and life to live. And that's just the way it should be. Or else, all those beautiful funerals would just go to waste.

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