Sunday, May 14, 2006

Incredible Days

Hard, but incredible. Saturday, we gathered at the funeral home to make arrangements, and in traditional L Family fashion, the somberness was lightened by someone making a silly remark, and it was increasingly better and better after that.

I was so fortunate and honored to be asked, with my perfect SIL, to join the three sisters in dressing D for burial. It was without question one of the most profoundly spiritual experiences of my life. I will privately journalize the details of this experience, if you need to read it someday, feel free to ask, but for general viewing, I choose not to share it just now. I will say, initially, it was very difficult for us all to see her that way. But as we gathered ourselves and set about the business at hand, it was a beautiful, peaceful gathering and we all felt an incredible oneness with her, with each other, and I daresay, with the Lord. When we finished, she was so beautiful, and the five of us had bonded with each other in a way we never expected. We found the experience to be like balm for the wound in our hearts.

Several prayers were offered that day, my incredible FIL shared with us his powerful and enduring testimony. There were many tears, and everyone's emotions were like raw, open sores. But the ability to laugh and find comfort provided balance and the day was an incredibly healing and peaceful experience.

The Bishop that serves the ward (congregation) was present and offered a family prayer, and before leaving, this kind and loving servant of the Lord authorized a private sacrament meeting to be held in my BIL's home today. He recognized that coming to the regular meeting on Mother's Day would be difficult on the family under the circumstances, and due to his insight and thoughtfulness, the family was able to have what may prove a once in a lifetime experience that was just exactly what we all needed.

We will travel to UT to bury my MIL on Wed. I have no doubt that the Lord will continue to attend us during our preparations and journey. This hasn't been easy, but growing almost never is. It has proved to bring us all closer as a family, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. It really does mean a lot to all of us.

8 comments:

Nettie said...

Thank goodness our faith is with us during these times of loss. What a blessing to have such a thoughtful bishop there as well. I'll be thinking of you!

Rachelle said...

Isn't faith a wonderful thing? Many prayers and hugs coming your way during this time.

Gabriela said...

Thanks for sharing what you can in your blog. It sounds like you had a special experience. (I got goose bumps and tears reading about it.). Take care. You continue to be in my prayers.

Maine Mom said...

My mother has dressed a friend for burial and she has said it is such a spiritual, peaceful experience. I'm glad you were able to experience that as well.
Thank you for sharing with us during this difficult time.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for sharing such a deeply intimate experience. I will be thinking about you too.

JD said...

Wow thanks for sharing that with us. I needed some good reflections today.

Amber said...

The strength that can be found in our families and in the gospel is a healing that nothing else can compare to. Hugs to you.

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