When I got the invitation from the funeral home to attend a holiday memorial on Sunday for all those lost over the past year I was skeptical. They send me something in the mail at least once a month so I figured it would be just a pitch for their business. I was wrong.
It was a beautiful ceremony. The speaker was funny and touching. Middle Sister and I bawled like big babies through the whole thing. We sang Hark the Herald Angel Sings and then they presented each family with a glass angel inscribed with their loved ones dates as a video tribute played in the background. Of course, there was more bawling.
Afterwards there was a lovely reception with the longest table I've ever seen piled with delicious snacks and goodies surrounded by beautiful centerpieces. No where was there a sales pitch. Everyone was kind and professional. All the guests were required to do was to comfort each other as all of us in that room will be going through their first holiday season missing someone dear to them. It was heartbreaking and beautiful.
I'm so glad I went.