This article by Deirdre Sullivan appeared on NPR.com in 2005M but I just read it this week. Please, take time to read it.
Though I don’t remember every person that attended the graveside service or the memorial we had for Andrew, I do remember the feeling of support and love I experienced that day. So many took time to drive and even fly in to honor our son and care for our family.
It matters. Attending the service matters.
I believe in always going to the funeral. My father taught me that.
The first time he said it directly to me, I was 16 and trying to get out of going to calling hours for Miss Emerson, my old fifth grade math teacher. I did not want to go. My father was unequivocal. “Dee,” he said, “you’re going. Always go to the funeral. Do it for the family.”
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