Friday, March 15, 2013

Dignified and Beautiful














Eulogy

My father-in-love's funeral yesterday was dignified and beautiful from start to finish. The way the details came together during preparations, despite some hiccups, was amazing. My husband wrote and delivered the most wonderful and warm eulogy I have ever heard, giving honour to his father and pointing people to Jesus through the testimony of his father's life.

A retired minister with whom my father-in-love (also an ordained Anglican minister) had worked, led the service in our local Anglican Cathedral and shared a great message. Everything about the funeral seemed just right.

We caught up with family and friends over light refreshments after the funeral.




Close family from several states gathered together for a meal overlooking the river as evening arrived.




We are overwhelmed with a great sense of satisfaction, love and family closeness. Today we have been enjoying the company of these wonderful family members, saying our reluctant farewells as each group heads off to drive and fly back to their own homes. We couldn't have hoped for a more fitting end to the life story of one we all dearly loved and respected.


Sharing at Our World Tuesday.

28 comments:

TabjesJoy said...

It looks so beautiful and peaceful and dignified. I wish you strength. Good to read you had a good time with your family.

Giga said...

Spokojne i dostojne było Wasze ostatnie pożegnanie z bliską osobą. Miłe, tylko szkoda, że takiej okazji, było spotkanie z Rodziną. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Quiet and dignified was your last goodbye with a close person. Nice, just a shame that such an occasion was a meeting of the Family. Yours sincerely.

Deanna said...

What a beautiful place to honor and say goodbye to a loved one. Funerals do bring families together, altho a sad event, happiness comes from being with family and friends.

Beth said...

A lovely place to say a final goodbye to a loved one.

pattisjarrett said...

The cathedral is lovely, as is everything you shared.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So glad it all went well. Very beautiful. I miss our Anglican church in Dallas. We can't find one where we live now. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

MaryL said...

Wonderful, thoughtful photos of a beautiful family!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful tribute my friend...

flowersandhome said...

It really looks very serene and dignified. It must have been great to see the whole family again, to feel the togetherness even in this sad moment.
By the way, the kids look lovely in their clothes, nothing compared to what I had to wear on my grandfather's funeral many many years ago. I'm sure they will wear their clothes again.
Bye,
Marian

sharon said...

what a beautiful casket..I want on like it

Joyful said...

Looks like a beautiful send-off for your father in love. Hugs. xx

Fun60 said...

What a wonderful tribute to someone that was truly cherished and loved during his life.

Deanne Langford said...

looks like it was a beautiful service and farewell.

Sarah Jane said...

You wrote this post so beautifully. And it looks like it was a perfect farewell. xx

Shirley said...

A very heartfelt and sincere post.
Blessing to you and your lovely family. God is good.

linda bowton said...

my sympathies on your family's loss
^)^ linda

Nancy said...

Looks like a wonderful tribute to a well-loved father...my love and sympathy to you and your family over your loss. I know your lives were greatly enriched by his life. :)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Prayers for your family at this time but know you will see him again.... and to.... we can only imagine what he is seeing right now. Just to think he is seeing our LORD and all those his family members that have passed before him. What an amazing site that must be.

GOD bless you and comfort you.

Erin said...

Wonderful to see the pics{{}} I did wonder whether a fellow minister or his Bishop would hold the service.

Dorothy Adamek said...

What a beautiful spirit in which to say farewell to a loved one. And such a gift to share the gospel message at the last gathering in your father-in-law's honour.
May you continue to know God's comfort in sorrow, and His wrapping of love in all things.
Blessings
Dotti

Pat said...

It looked like a beautiful place to celebrate your father-in-law's life. Your family is so beautiful.

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful way to celebrate your father-in-laws life indeed! A lovely place! And as I've told your before, you do have such a beautiful and loving family! Thank you for sharing with us, Karen!

Lisa Gordon said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, Karen.

Linda R said...

Looks like a beautiful day. Such a wonderful way to say good bye and honor a love one..

Big Hugs~

Nikki said...

Hi Karen, I have been thinking about you and your family over the last few days. The pictures you have shared are wonderful and are a beautiful tribute. Nikki

eileeninmd said...

A beautiful tribute to your FIL. And a wonderful way to say goodbye. You do have a beautiful family. Sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing your day!

Gary said...

Wonderful tribute!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

islandwonder said...

What a great way to keep his memory alive.

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