Saying Good Bye

Yesterday was an emotional day saying our good byes to my Aunt Lena.  The good news is that hers was a life well lived.

As Carly and I talked about my dad’s side of the family, we were amazed.  All of my dad’s siblings that have passed away have lived long lives.  Some of the brothers fought for our country and all returned home.  That in and of itself is awesome!

My Aunt Lena was eighty-seven years old.  She loved my Uncle Carl, who passed away in 2001, and she longed to be with him once again.  My cousin Lori paid an awesome tribute to her mom, as did Lori’s son, Nick.  My aunt had always been all about family and she will be greatly missed.

My mom handed me her camera as she was getting out of the car at the cemetery yesterday but I told her I had my Nikon.  I wasn’t sure it was considered “proper” to photograph a funeral, but now I am glad I did!

Of my grandparents’ eight children, only three now remain.  My father is the eldest,  my Uncle Jim, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and my Uncle Dick.

This photo of my dad and Uncle Dick is precious to me.  As they were standing there, they were remembering Aunt Lena….

2 Responses to Saying Good Bye

  1. Priscilla says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I would have wondered if it was proper too…but since your mom said it was ok…then it was!!

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