Things I've Learned
My father suffered a massive heart attack on November 15. He died, without regaining consciousness, on November 16. We buried him November 21. I've learned many things since then.
- Some people can cling to life, until the last member of the family has a chance to say good-bye.
- One person touches many different lives.
- When someone passes away, people will take up the work of the departed.
- When you get called away from your regular life, people will step in for you.
- Neighbors will come to your aid.
- People deal with grief in many different ways. Some people cry, others get to work, and there are some who delay their grief.
- Family members will surprise you with strengths you didn't know they possessed.
- Grave-side funerals for veterans are beautiful, a 21 gun salute, a bugle playing Taps, a Bible and flag presented to a widow.
- The ties to remaining family deepen.
- Write a will, and a living will, your family will thank you for it.
- Working through grief takes time.
- Feelings of sorrow do not know when the proper time or place is to start welling up in your heart.