Today we gather in memory of a man/woman who was blessed with a long life. He/She lived to raise children and grandchildren. He/She witnessed history being made. Most importantly, however, N. loved you, and you loved him/her deeply in return. What a blessing that is! It is such a blessing that so shortly after his/her death, despite your grief, you can still smile when you think of him/her. Even death cannot rob you of the joy N. brought into your life.
There is another reason for our joy this morning. We have not gathered to mark the end of a long life. In faith, we know that N’s life continues on…
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