Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A tender funeral...

Today I had the privilege of being invited to a most precious tender funeral. This beautiful baby daughter (their first child)was born at just 22 weeks along in her Mummy's pregnancy. She lived for about ten minutes before slipping quietly into heaven.

This perfect tiny daughter of theirs for some reason was only to stay but for a brief moment. Words cannot describe the tenderness of the service, the love and bond that was so obvious to see between the three of them in the slideshow of photos shown - oh the tears that flowed for this beautiful little family.

(a balloon release at the cemetery for this sweet little angel)

Simon was asked as a family friend to run the service and say a few words. These words particularly resonated with me.......

" I know that there are no words that can easily stop the pain, there are words however which point us to a place of healing; to the person whom healing is available. These words are contained in scripture. They teach us of life after this mortal journey, that we can be reunited with our loved ones. We have just celebrated Easter - where Christ came to earth and died for each of us that we might live again. We sometimes might not give it too much thought, but at times such as today we are grateful for the knowledge of Christ and what he did for us.

John 11:25 "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

He also talked about how their baby daughter has touched each of our without us having the opportunity to know her yet.

"I am sure she has touched each of you in her own way... I'm sure that each of us, since being informed of the news, have stopped and thought about our loved ones... have pondered the course our own lives are taking and what really matters to us. I'm sure we have or feel the need to tell someone we love them..."

How amazing then is this beautiful little baby. She was here but for a brief moment but she has affected us all so profoundly and none more than her parents, who will forever be changed and forever have the love of their daughter with them until they are reunited with her once again.

As parents, their final act of service for their sweet daughter was to lower her small white coffin into the ground, just the two of them standing there for a moment, tears flowing, saying goodbye, before they barely had time to say hello.

We understand that there is life after death.
We understand that we will be reunited with our loved ones again
We understand that there will be so much joy when we embrace our loved ones who have gone on before us.

But it still hurts....


Katherine said...

What a privilage it was to be invited to help them say goodbye. What a privilage it is to be parents with all its challenges. What a privilage it is to have the knowledge we have that we can be together again. and yes it still hurts it hurts alot it burns it burns so badly that at times its like it will almost consume you with sorrow, time ...peace will a gentle soft breeze it will envelope you... it never truely leaves it gets easier....

The Kings said...

so sad, but so beautiful.

VickiT said...

What a lovely post. You words are so true. Our knowledge is such a blessing when something like this happens. It doesn't take away the pain but it does give us some understanding and peace.