saying goodbye to Pa-Pa


To follow up on last week’s post, Pa-Pa passed away on Tuesday the 4th.  A couple of days later I was on a plane to Paducah, KY.  Pa-Pa had a large family of 10 children.  The above photo, of all but one of his grandchildren, was taken after his funeral mass.   (I’m 8th from the left of the standing people, between my sister and brother.)

It was a sad and surreal experience, but also an uplifting one.  At the funeral home several family members told their favorite stories about Pa-Pa.  There was a common theme about how loving, accepting, funny, calm, and down-to-earth he was.  It was clear that there was much admiration for him as a person.  I felt that way, too.  Lately I’ve been thinking about ways that I could be more like him.

Deaths can be difficult to deal with, but they also have a way of bringing people together.  Really it was a celebration of his life, and of life in general.  I’m very happy that I was able to attend, and that I had the privilege of knowing and loving him.



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