The last few weeks it has really hit home to me, even more, the vital role that family plays in my life. I already appreciated the fact that I have come from a large family and that I am very fortunate to have my husband and three wonderful children but the last week has made me appreciate that good fortune even more.
I am one of seven children. I am the third youngest. One elder sister died before I was born so I didn’t know her but I know lots about her.
My little sister died recently. She had an auto immune disease and so the end was a release from her suffering but it doesn’t make it any easier for her husband and family to bear.
If joy can be taken from death then the remembrance service for my sister was full of joy. Joy at a life lived to the full and the joy she gave to others in the way she lived. We had the opportunity to say our goodbyes and her children did a wonderful job of capturing the life of their mum in the words they delivered at the service.
The reason I mention family is the fact that sons and daughters along with brothers and sisters were there to support each other as were cousins, and my brother-in-law had his extended family and friends to help him in his grief. A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved.
Give your family members a hug. Hugging speaks volumes.