Today when my wife and I went to Daily Mass we were delayed due to a funeral being said before the regular Mass. We had to wait for a while in the Adoration Chapel adjacent to the Church proper, when the final hymn was sung (“On Eagle’s Wings”) we moved over to a rear pew and waited.
Anyway, while we waited for the hymn to finish and the mourners to leave, I pondered what was going on. Reflecting on the fact that my Mom died nearly 3 years ago, and that event deeply and sharply impacted my life, I wondered about the people there.
A number of them will deeply miss the deceased. A few will miss the deceased in a profound way, perhaps requiring counseling.
At least one will consider themselves crazy for being (at least for the time being) unable or unwilling to move on.
There is a hole in a number of people’s lives, and some healing that needs to be done.
Perhaps the person who died left some unfinished business with others, and that can now no longer be done. Opportunities for reconciliation gone.
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