An Ode To Time

By | October 2nd, 2017 | 7 Comments | Posted under: Funeral, Musings

I walked in a home to carry the dead away. The owner’s dish from breakfast sat in his sink, unwashed. He ran out of time to take care of it. His books sat on his shelves. His clock ticked on, running. But his time came. The walls are lined with pictures – many of them […]

How To Hold

By | September 18th, 2017 | 12 Comments | Posted under: Musings

Memory after surgery is spotty – I remember bits and pieces of the evening after waking up from having my chest cracked open and new passageways added to my heart. But I remember my older kids coming to see me that evening. They had been there through the whole surgery, but I don’t remember that. […]

What You Take

By | August 22nd, 2017 | 3 Comments | Posted under: Musings

We often hear the expression “you can’t take it with you”. While this is technically true, you can fix it so that nobody else gets it either. I’ve buried thousands of dollars worth of jewelry before. I never know if it’s by the wishes of the deceased or as a comfort to the family – […]

How we remember

By | August 16th, 2017 | 3 Comments | Posted under: Musings

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ~ Thomas Campbell Cemeteries here in the Southern US are sprawling expanses of standing stones. Many proud and old, weather-beaten and scarred, standing guard above a grave no one has visited in a century. Others are bright and new, smaller and more sharply cut. […]

Ever On and On

By | July 11th, 2017 | 1 Comment | Posted under: Funeral, Musings

O, insupportable! O heavy hour! Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse Of sun and moon, and that the affrighted globe Should yawn at alteration. ~ Othello This may come as a surprise to many of you but I spend quite a bit of time in cemeteries. Even when I’m not serving at a […]