Day 285: My Souvenirs … From Funerals

Yesterday, the day I took this photo, marked the 10-year anniversary of my Grandpa Haffa’s funeral. It’s hard to believe I haven’t got to see him for 10 years. It was one of the hardest times of my life, but I really grew up that year. I learned that hugs from a stranger can be comforting, and that children can comfort their parents. I was only a junior in high school, but I also learned that I could stand in front of a whole crowd of people and shared my family’s memories. Two months later I stood up there again – for my Grandma. This tree was one of the plants given to our family at Grandpa’s funeral. My mom retired in May, so I inherited the tree a couple of weeks ago. The other two plants in my office are from my Aunt Jill’s funeral last year, and my other grandpa’s funeral in February. Is it weird that I seem to collect souvenirs from funerals? Maybe, but these daily reminders keep the memories alive.

A Norfolk Pine tree, given at my grandpa's funeral 10 years ago, now resides in my office, adorned with Halloween lights. I hope it lives 83 years just like he did.

Day 194: The sun keeps us going

We inherited this house plant almost a year ago after Jerod’s aunt’s funeral, which was about a month after our friend Ryan’s funeral, which was a few weeks after Jerod’s grandpa’s funeral, which was just 2 weeks after my aunt’s funeral. It was a rough summer to say the least. Seeing the sunlight hit this funeral plant each day reminds me of all the good days, both behind us and ahead. Relay For Life may be hard tomorrow since it’s the first Relay after my aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer, but I know the sun in shining bright.

The sun shines bright on our green and yellow spotted house plant.

Days 51-52: Until we meet again

Here are a few photos from Grandpa’s visitation last night and his graveside service today. Jerod’s comment today really put everything into perspective. “He is up in heaven right now bragging to all the Saints that he personally knows God.” If you know Grandpa, you know how true that statement is.


This photo makes me laugh, because it could probably go on (But...please don't submit it!) I guess I still need to work on my family portrait skills!




I handed my camera over to Jerod for the graveside service and this is one of the beautiful photos he took.
Photo by Jerod Rhodes