by Dick Buckingham, Administrator
and brother to Dan
Everyone grieves differently. Just from my own experience with my brother this was very evident. My dad was the rock that he has always been. Silent, strong, wiping a tear here and there, sharing something positive or changing the subject to divert his and everyone else’s suffering. My mom, a strongly emotional woman, buoyed by God’s grace was able to be an initial encouragement to all the family members reminding them of God’s mercy in the situation. Her grief later was deeper, more profound, more personal. Me? Sobbing uncontrollably almost constant in the first few hours, then unpredictably, yet less frequent, as the days wore on. The point is, there is no one right or any wrong ways to grieve and we need to accept that about each other. The important thing is that each one grieves. Grieving is natural and expected. And healing.
My brother Dan loved the Lord and was brought to this place with Jesus sooner than any of us expected. But now that he is there, we would not wish him to return to this life of suffering and hardship and pain. He is in the best place imaginable and we have hope and confidence that we will join him thanks to the grace of God.