Today I Remember the Joy 


Today I received a call from my cousin Sandy that her father, a favorite Uncle, made his transition this morning. My Uncle Richard was a big brother to me. He lived with my family when I was about 5 years old. I remember when he went into the Air Force and he was so handsome in  his uniform. All the girls were in love with him. I was 10 years old when he and my Aunt Ann married. Although I was old for a flower girl, I begged to be in the wedding and so I was. I still remember my dress (blue). It was very exciting. We always had a special bond. Always fun, he loved to tell stories of the past and laugh over them.

That is why I’m writing about handling grief today. I know it was time for my Uncle Rich to move on and that he was ready to go. I also know that it is hard to see a dear one suffer. It’s still hard to let them go.

I went to their 60th wedding anniversary party. Pictures below show Rich & Ann & me and in the picture on the right they are cutting their cake with a large picture of them on their wedding day behind them.

Today I remember the joy of knowing my beloved Uncle Richard and my dear Aunt Ann.

The following is an excerpt from my book: 
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Emotions aren’t always reasonable. A counselor or a support group can help us through the grieving process.

A Meditative Guide

Grief Recovery

At a time of loss in our life, whatever that loss may be, there are stages we must go through to get to recovery. Strong people sometimes attempt to go through it alone. Some try to put it off to a time when they are stronger and can handle it better. “Grief demands expression” says Robert Russell in his inspiring book Dry Those Tears.

As I look back, I sometimes feel as if I have lived many lives in this life. The end of each chapter of my life presented me with a chance for a new beginning. When a loss occurs, it is an opportunity to begin another exciting phase of life. Each day is a new day.

Many churches and community centers offer bereavement groups. A counselor may be needed to help us through this difficult process.

In reality there is no death, the soul is eternal. We live on. Ernest Holmes taught that life is an upward spiral, presenting expression on plane upon plane through eternity. We are eternal beings.

Life (God) gives us whatever it is we need to expand our soul’s growth. We are wherever we are in our life because that is exactly where we need to be to become more aware of the Divine within each of us. Every struggle we go through is a blessing in that it brings us closer to the truth of who we really are. We are creations of the God. We are Divine beings. We are Spirit expressing.

Rich - Anne & Gail

60th Anniversary







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