I Love Funerals

I Love Funerals.  So yes, I got caught up in the pomp and circumstance and the eulogies at President 41 Bush’s funeral in Washington DC this week.

At death, everything comes down a few notches. We can be more real in the moment.

I always feel like I can sigh fully and comfortably when sitting in a pew in a church, temple, synagogue at funerals. Ahhhh…..


A lot is said in the eulogies.

Jon Meacham (historian) said yesterday in his Bush eulogy:

“He was a Loving Man with a Big Vibrant heart. He made our lives freer, warmer, better, and nobler. That was his mission, that was his heartbeat. And if we listen closely enough,  we can hear that heartbeat even now. It was the heartbeat of a Lion, who not only led us, but loved us.”

Can’t you still hear and feel the heartbeats of those who have died in your life?

Former Wyoming Senator Al Simpson said in his Bush eulogy:

“We mourn his loss from our own lives.  But we can retain his memory in our hearts. We give him up to your loving hands. Thank you for him.”

I thank the universe for many who have passed in my life. 

8 Of The Most Amazing Eulogies Of All Time

Are you ready to enjoy some great eulogies?  Linked here are 8 great one,  Best Eulogies .  What stands out is that they are from all walks of life. The one by the daughter is LOL funny. And the one by the wife about her imperfect husband is as dear as it can be.

Here’s the eulogy blog creator’s advice: “Now that you’ve watched 8 of the most amazing eulogies ever, go forth and put what you’ve learned into action! Help your families truly capture their loved one’s story, move people, and spark those life conversations. In my opinion, the best thing you can do for families is help them remember their loved one in the most unique, meaningful way possible. Good luck!”

Why Have Funerals?
In case you wonder about the purpose of funerals, here is a nice depiction as to their benefits and the experiences they create:
  • Transcendence – Ultimately, a funeral service can help us embrace the wonder of life and death.
  • Meaning-  A funeral service can mark the significance of the life that was lived. They also help us find meaning and purpose in our continued living, even in the face of loss.
  • Expression- A funeral service can allow us to express our inner thoughts and feelings about the life and the death.
  • Support- A funeral service can bring together people who care about each other in an atmosphere of love and support.
  • Recall – A funeral service can encourage us to remember the person who died and share our unique memories with others, creating hope for the future.
  • Reality
    A funeral service can help us begin to truly acknowledge the reality that someone in our life has died.
Thoughts About Death That Comfort 
Forever in Your Heart
“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together,
keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
From Winnie the Pooh
Live With Passion
Death is more universal than life;
everyone dies, but not everyone lives.
By Alan Sachs
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
By Dr. Suess
Love Lives On
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
By Jack Lemmon
Unfinished Business
The bitterest tears shed over graves
are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Inner Beauty is Everything
People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed
only if their light is from within.
By Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Funeral image –  BEVILACQUA-FUNERAL Feb. 8, 2012.
Purpose of Funerals-   Batesville Casket Company

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