was called by the Lord on Memorial Day, May 26th. Susan passed away surrounded by loved ones. Our loss here on Earth is certainly heaven’s gain.
I’m her husband Ernie. I have wrestled with my feelings about posting to the blog, but feel that I owe it to those who follow her blog. I know so many out there read her blog, as I did.
We held a memorial service for Susan Saturday, June 15, here at the community center in Burkett. It was incredible the number of individuals who attended. There was standing room only. She loved Burkett, and that community center.
Our beautiful Granddaughter had asked to read something she had written concerning Susan’s passing. I would like to share this with you as it so appropriate.
For Grandma Susan,
I miss my Grandma Susan.
Sometimes remembering can be the most painful part of death. We want to remember what someone meant to us without the influence of the looming dread we felt over the inevitability of their death coloring our memory. We want to forget the pain and suffering we witnessed and felt too, ourselves, and piece by piece we block out what hurts the most and paint over the bad while the good heals us.
One of Grandma Susan’s favorite saying was “This too shall pass,” and the phrase did not fail to make its way to my ears only weeks before she herself passed away. It’s a painful memory that I will carry with me always, and something that I sometimes wish hadn’t been said because wrestling between hopefulness and reality isn’t easy, but her words rang with the truth.
This too shall pass.
We know Grandma Susan was not alone because she took a piece of all of us when she left, but one day we will be whole again.
Her time came not because she was weak, but because she’d been strong for too long.
Her strength, her spirit, and her memory will live on through us, and the lessons we learned from her are the very same that I hope to pass on myself someday.
This too shall pass,
and one day we will be strong again.
With the passage of time the pain will diminish, the love never will.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
As Emylee said it so well—“This too will pass”