Good for you, Cym :)|
Reply #101. Apr 23 12, 2:49 PM
|Today I did something that no grandparent should ever have to do - I attended the funeral of my middle grandson,Alex. |
Alex was a gentle, loving young man with a wonderful grin, a wacky sense of humour and a great love of the natural world.
Last Thursday, for reasons we none of us understand, Alex took his own life. This beautiful young man is gone from our everyday lives and we are left wondering why we couldn't see it coming.
At his funeral this afternoon, his family and friends gathered to remember Alex and it was both sad and beautiful. The chapel was packed with young people, his cousins and friends, who knew and loved him and were united in their grief. It wasn't a religious funeral, because Alex was not a member of any organized faith tradition, although he was very aware of the Creator and lived a life of love and compassion.
Several people shared their memories of Alex - his stepfather, me, one of his dearest friends, his half-brother, and his mother and father. There was so much love in that chapel that I thought my heart would burst!
For those of you who pray, I would ask your prayers for peace for Alex's parent, step-parents and his young half-brothers.
I have been wonderfully supported by the love and prayers of my family in faith at St. John's Cathedral - several members of the congregation and two of our priests attended the funeral - and even though I feel deep sadness because I won't ever again be on the receiving end of his magnificent bear hugs, I can let him go in peace, which is the blessing of having a faith. I believe that God gave us memory so that we can have roses in December.
RIP, dearest Alex. Grandma loved you, still loves you, and will always love you.
Reply #102. Apr 24 12, 5:27 PM
Cym, I am so sorry to hear your news. I wish you long life, comfort - and roses in December.|
Reply #103. Apr 24 12, 6:18 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, and hope there's nothing like that waiting in the months and years ahead.|
Reply #104. Apr 24 12, 6:33 PM
Cym, I am so sad for your loss. I've only just seen this, else I'd have responded sooner. :)|
Reply #105. May 02 12, 6:53 PM
|Thank you, Lesley, Jazmee and Trojan. |
Reply #106. May 04 12, 8:43 PM
I am truely sorry that I didn't see this before. Cym, this is such a hard thing to go through. I've been there, and hope to not go again.|
My best to you, and I know you will get on.
Reply #107. Dec 05 12, 8:41 PM
Sorry about my late response but I almost never read the blogs & just now saw your post. I am so sorry to hear about your grandson's passing. My condolences to you & your family. I'm hoping that by now you have found a way to deal with your grief. It can eat you up inside if you let it build up. I know. I have lost loved ones before & had to find my own way through that long, black tunnel to the outside world again. A very long, hard & painful journey. I wish you all the best! :)|
Reply #108. Dec 08 12, 9:36 PM
Just happened to click on your blog and so happy I did.
Marvelous opening statements; it was a joy to read all you wrote. Although a tad younger than you (I will be 65 later this month), I can relate to all you say.
Great stuff my friend.
Reply #109. Mar 04 13, 5:36 PM
If you are reading this, please post a response to let us know you are ok. I am a new kid here and am concerned about you.
Reply #110. Mar 11 13, 1:13 PM
Cym sorry to hear of your loss is such a tragedy seems it is happening more and more , hope you will return here as we all miss you and your wise words.|
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