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Heartwings Love Notes 838 - When it's time to say Goodbye

Heartwings says, "With time and experience, saying goodbye gets easier."

Recently Stephen and I attended a graveside funeral for a long time friend. It was a lovely occasion with many in attendance, some
of whom had entertaining stories about him to share. He was well loved and had traveled the world; he had lived his life to the fullest.
This may be why before he died he could say to at least one friend: "I'm looking forward to the next adventure."

The Waterside Cemetery in Upton where his physical presence on earth will rest in a plot overlooking the pond where he used to
fish, is a lovely, peaceful place. There, together with his other friends we said goodbye to the earthly remains of our friend and then
went to a nearby function room to celebrate his life and share our memories of him. An important part of a funeral and afterward is to
share stories about the deceased that help recall his life with love and joy.

Saying goodbye to someone I've known for a long time, though perhaps not been close to feels strange. When I haven't seen a
person in some time and then they pass on, I have trouble remembering they're gone. Just the other day when I drove past the
address of a dear departed friend I was almost persuaded to stop and ring her doorbell. I have to remind myself that no, she no
longer lives there, and no I can't visit for a cup of tea.

As I gain in years I find myself saying goodbye more frequently, both to people and to certain aspects of my life. My bucket list has
grown shorter. There are things I once thought I wanted to do that I now do not wish to, like go up on an air balloon. I once believed it
would be fun to go on a three months ocean cruise--not any longer. Vigorous gardening is a thing of the past. Still, as I miss all to
which I have said goodbye, I am reminded to cherish all that still remain.

May you remember those who have departed with joy and gratitude.

PS Thanks for your comments, always. We can all share in our memories, not to mention our joys. Feel free to do so.

I love to hear from readers and would be honored if you would comment and let me know any suggestions or thoughts. If a friend sent you this, you can sign up at my web site, www.heartwingslovenotes.com, where more love notes can be found in the archives.

Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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