The deceased have passed on. Thus, funerals are more for the living than for the dead. Do not wait until a person close to you is dead to show your concern for them. Spend time with loved ones who are in hospital or in hospice care. Take the time now. Don’t wait until it is too late and the opportunity is lost and gone.
When I attend my mother’s funeral next week, I will address the gathering at the graveside. My prepared remarks may run something like this: “There are many people in attendance today. In the nearly 2 years since we were last assembled here for father’s funeral, where were some of you when mother sat alone day after day, week after week, in a nursing home? Nowhere to be found.” Something to this effect needs to be said, if for no other reason than it may have some salutary value for the next generation, the adult grandchildren, who will also hear these remarks. Perhaps, they will be sure to spend some time with their parents in their final months.
Here is the link to our talk on this topic on our YouTube channel.
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