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Life and Death: A Celebration

Saturday, January 08, 2011

"A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor." Wikipedia definition.
The ceremony we attended today for my DH's aunt (88 years old when she died) was truly a celebration, santification and remembrance of a life lived with verve, grace and faith. I have always thought we need a new word because funeral comes with so much sad and grief filled baggage. Yes, there was sadness and grief today, but there was also a sense of celebration of family together and the love that spread out from this woman to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. It was also a testament to the love all of us feel for Uncle Jack and our attempts to show our support for him in his loss of his love of over 55 years. I haven't titled this blog yet because I don't want to use the word funeral.
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    Funerals needn't be just "sad and grief" - after all - look at the first syllable!! There should be some of that in there too. I actually feel that it is appropriately "labeled!"

    It sounds like your DH's Aunt got all of that!

    2594 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2011 4:18:25 AM
    Sounds like a beautiful, fitting end to a life well-lived. Thinking of you and your family, especially your uncle as he adjusts to his loss.
    2597 days ago
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