The other day, I attended the funeral of a young woman who had lost her battle with breast cancer. I didn't know the woman personally, I met her young son, and know her son's father only though my husband.
Coincidentally, her funeral was held in the very church where I watched my mother being baptized and where I was baptized years later. It was also the very church were my mothers funeral, after she also lost her battle with breast cancer when I was 5 almost 6 years old, was held.
I continued to attend the church for the 6 years following my mothers death, mainly out of obligation, but had not been back since the age of 12. Needless to say the church has not changed a bit!
"I have lived a long hard life. The years may not have been long but the road I traveled was. The fact that my life extended far beyond what I anticipated only shows that I was blessed with time I never expected nor planned for. I wasn't able to experience a lot of happiness, until now. Now, I am finally happy. Now, I am finally free. My heart doesn't hurt anymore. My mind is quiet. My soul can finally rest. I have peace. God blessed me with the mercy that I wanted and gave to me the peace that I needed. HE came to me and led me to stand beside the person that I have wanted to be next to my entire live. I am now able to hold the hand of my mother, my angel. And for the first time, I feel at home. This is not a time for sadness, but a time for celebration. I am at peace. My soul is at peace. At last I can lay down in a field of Cattails and rest in peace." (Cattail flowers represent PEACE)