He recounted his story and said that he was devastated by the loss, as every parent would be. He felt as though he no longer had a reason to live. One evening as he drifted into slumber, he had a dream. He dreamt his young son was wearing a pair of cutoffs with the fraying dangling in the wind and a yellow tank top. He was holding a baseball glove with one hand and his great grandpa's hand with the other. The Pastor’s mother was standing on his son’s other side with a sweet smile on her face.
At that moment, the Pastor realized he had a purpose for living. He had to change his life so that he would be worthy to join those he loved in heaven. He admonished the congregation to do as he had done many years ago. To restructure any wrong in their lives so that they would be worthy to join those they love in heaven.
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RECOUNT YOUR STORY
One of the most effective recovery techniques available is to recount your experience.
Some friends are more tolerant than others when it comes to listening to your grief experience.
Sometimes your pain causes them pain.
If you find your need to recount your experiences is greater than your friends can bear, seek out a professional counselor.
Their work is to listen, and they will be able to help channel your experiences in a positive recovery direction. (Tracy Renee Lee, Mourning Glory II)
The Pastor's message was so basic, so simple, and so sweet. Sharing it was an act of recovery, kindness and resolve for many. As the service ended, I reentered the room to dismiss the congregation. There were many sniffles and many tears. I looked deep into the eyes of each person as they exited the chapel. I saw hope and new resolve looking back at me,
My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a funeral director, author, and professional speaker. I write books and weekly bereavement articles related to understanding and coping with grief. I am the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award. I deliver powerful messages and motivate audiences toward positive recovery. It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.