It's been a while since I've posted - exactly 3 weeks. I'm so happy to be on the other side of those three weeks. It was a busy time that included a wedding, coordinating a major donor fundraiser, and finally flying to Albuquerque for the funeral of a dear Tia. She was 88 and beautiful and loved by so many and she loved and cared for so many.
I have a huge family, so death is something we are very familiar with. My first funeral was when I was 8 years old, and I've been to more than I can count ever since. It's never easy, but there is something comforting in having my family together in a familiar space where we're all loving each other and holding each other through such a hard time.
Another thing that stays consistent during these hard times is that we tend to have a strong connection to the other side, what ever that other side may be. In my family, when someone dies, some of us either have vivid dreams or get strong signs of communication from a loved one who has passed. Sometimes someone who's already passed starts showing up in visions or dreams just before a family member dies. It's not always the same person who has the strong connection and it doesn't always depend on the same factors. But the connection is there and to me, even though not having our dearly departed with us physically is so sad and painful, it never feels like they are really that far away.
I am grateful for this energy in my life and in my family's life especially during times when our physical world has shifted so tangibly.