The sun shined brightly on Glen’s Iowa hometown yesterday as his family and friends gathered to honor his life. We called the event a Celebration of Life party. Glen loved a party, and even as an introvert, enjoyed being the center of attention for a day, such as on 12-12-12, when I threw him a party for his 72nd birthday. Yesterday people gathered from coast to coast to say goodbye and to share condolences and good memories with our family.
Prior to the “party” the immediate family gathered at the cemetery where his parents and two brothers are buried. We wanted to honor their lives, also, because Glen had a strong love for family. I brought two dozen yellow roses with me and gave each person one. We pulled each rose apart and scattered petals over all the graves, along with a dusting of Glen’s remains from a small urn. Then we gathered in a family circle, prayed together, and Glen’s sixteen year-old granddaughter played the taps on her trumpet. He must have been on cloud nine throughout this little service. As a family, we needed this day.
We hosted the guests to Glen’s favorite meal with brisket, potato salad, and baked beans. The dessert table contained all his favorites—apple pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cupcakes, and more. Everyone left feeling blessed and soupy. satisfied.
Thank you, Lord, for helping us celebrating the life of Glen. May he rest in peace. Amen.