Heart of the Home

| May 2005

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

The old saying 'actions speak louder than words' has always been true, but never more so than during a time of grief. Like many people, I don't remember everything that was said during the time after a loved one's death, but I do remember the kind things that people did and the show of support.

When my dear friend Lori died several years ago, our small, but close group of friends reunited to support each other. It was the first time we'd all been together since our high-school reunion, but it was important for us to be together. It was difficult for the four of us to reunite without Lori, but we began to reminisce and talk about the good times we'd had together, and soon we were laughing. At first, I felt guilty, but I knew that Lori would have wanted us to enjoy ourselves.

A few years later, when my grandfather died, I again felt the support and love of the wonderful people in my life. Grandpa's death was rather unexpected, and my family and I were taken by surprise. All of my mother's family members came to the funeral, and I saw cousins whom I hadn't seen in many years. It was good to talk to them and know that even though we live far apart, we will always be connected.

My newly acquired family was there to show their support as well. I was moved to tears when I saw my mother- and father-in-law, along with my husband's grandmother at Grandpa's funeral. Although they'd met Grandpa only once, they wanted to pay their respects, and it meant a lot to me to know that they cared.

Kate Marchbanks

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