These are difficult, but necessary, parts of life.
After my dad died two years ago, I so appreciated the visits from friends and family. Hearing people speak of my father with such tender and loving words really lifted me up. The stories from "way back when" made me smile as I realized more and more what a beloved man he was to so many people. In his own quiet way he had made an impact on the world.
Looking around the cemetery at the funeral service, I felt surrounded by love and support as I scanned the faces there to pay their respects to my dad.
Today, I will do that for my two friends and their families so that they too will know that they are not alone...
...again, a difficult, but necessary, part of life...and love.