It was a joy to celebrate Gary's life three weeks ago with many of you. There are few events in my life that have been so meaningful. Thinking through his whole life, as I wrote his story, gathering the photos for his Eulogy, and selecting his favorite music, often brought me to tears of joy. Over the most recent years, I've wanted new friends and younger grandchildren to know the "old," healthy Gary. His memorial service was the opportunity. Looking farther back, it always amazed me how Gary's life was transformed by God. That was the best part of his story.
April made the comment that "It's nice that we do Memorial services, because they give us a purposeful way to remember." So true. I'd been thinking about Gary's life for a long time during his steady decline, but planning this tribute has been a significant part of the grieving process for our family. Many who attended, had the same experience. We want to remember the things we love. I love my husband, and many of you did too.
Thank you to all our friends who helped our family realize the dreams and plans we had for this very special day. And though Gary would not have wanted so much attention, we wouldn't have changed a thing.
If you missed the memorial, you can watch it right here if you'd like. It includes tributes from family members, friends, and our Pastor John MacArthur, the Eulogy video, and reception photos. It is not brief but of course, neither was Gary's life. (If you are reading this via email, you'll have to click the "Read in Browser" link at the bottom of your email.