Today's post is one of those that is difficult to write....
Today is my Father-in-law's funeral. He and my now passed Mother-in-law had pre-planned their funeral many years ago while they were still healthy and able.
“Looking back over the years, what could I say in only a few words about my life? I wish I had trusted the Lord more when I was younger. I wish that I had spent more time with all the members of the family, and had spent less time struggling for establishing my career and for trying to achieve security on my own for the family. The most important thing is to trust the Lord, to do His will, and to have a good and fulfilling life with the family.” Benjamin C.-Y. Lu
They listed their favorite hymns and verses, flower arrangement, program...even down to the sandwiches at the reception.
Due to Covid, all things needed to be scaled down. Although our province has lifted some restrictions, we think it's best to keep the funeral simple and is for immediate family only. My father-in-law was a Chemical Engineering professor and Scientist, he would have wanted to keep everyone safe within the government's health guideline.
Shortly after arriving from Taiwan, I started my Master's degree in Education in Ottawa, Canada. My father-in-law was then my boyfriend John's Dad. He offered to teach me how to drive before I signed up at driving school! With his "lessons", I got to try driving a car for the first time! I would never forget how dangerous it was for him because the risk he took.
To most people, he was a warm Grandpa and a kind and wonderful professor. To me, he was a very brave soul to teach me how to drive! In his last few years of his life, I spent more time overseeing his retirement home living. Despite with dementia, he's never lost his personality and continued to be kind and maintained his sense of humor. I will be doing a reading of Psalm 23 at the funeral.
May you rest in peace in heaven, Pop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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I do hope your father in laws funeral goes as well as it can so that you find comfort in it. They sounded a very happy and selfless couple to plan the music and even sandwiches. Sending hugs
Hi Virginia! So sorry to read the sad news!
You have written some beautiful words in honour
of your father-in-law. Sending prayers to you all.
Dear Virginia - So sorry for your loss! It is a very difficult thing to lose a loved one. May you rest in the knowledge that you will see him again someday. So good to know that he trusted the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dr. John and your children. Love, Joy
So sorry to hear of your and your husband's loss Virginia. He sounds like a very wonderfully kind man who touched the lives of many. It is a very difficult time for you all and especially now during covid. It is wonderful that you have these special memories of him and I'm sure he held the same for you. Take care. Hopefully the funeral will go well. Take care Love Helen
I am so sorry for your loss but so happy you shared his wise words with us!!!!!!!!!!!
Virginia my thoughts are with you and your family. Please take good care.
Sounds like he was a blessing to you all, Virginia. My sympathies.
A lovely tribute to your dear Father-in-law. Will be thinking of you and your family today.
So sorry for your loss.
Sorry for your loss. Nice tribute to your father-in-law.
So sorry to hear about the loss for your family. I have read the passage and send my deepest condolences.
Keeping your family in my prayers today, Virginia - What a wonderful man to cherish and honor today!
So sorry to hear John's Dad passed, Virginia - I know you'll miss him! Sending caring thoughts your way, especially today!! Hugs to you and your family!
I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. I hope your father-in-law is now cradled in love and happiness without the worry of illness. Sending you my deepest condolences.
My condolences to you and your family, Virginia. I'm very sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man. And, I do like how you personalized the card in his honor. Beautiful colors. My husband and I have our funeral arrangements all done and as well we wrote our obituaries. I don't recall planning any menu for the meal though. But it is a good thing for us to have that weight off our mind and that of our family. We also have our headstone put up and all that will be needed is the final dates.
What a beautiful soul! You are truly blessed to have had him in your life for so many years. Hugs to you my friend!!
Thinking of you today, Virginia. Wishing you peace and comfort.
So sorry to hear this news Virginia. Despite his wonderful age, losing family hurts. My thoughts and prayers to Dr John, yourself and your family. He sounds like he was an incredible person and will be sorely missed. Hugs
Condolences Virginia, but what lovely memories. Those who are remembered never die. HUGZ
What a wonderful message for all of us! He sounds like he was a wonderful mentor and person! God bless you and your family at this time and may we all strive for his wisdom in our lifetimes!!
A beautiful testimony of a wonderful man who loved the Lord. It's always difficult to lose a loved one. May God give you peace and comfort while you grieve over your loss.
Thinking of you and your family during this great loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man, who cared greatly for his family. Many hugs.
What a wise man & clearly loved by his family. Wishing all of you peace as you grieve this huge loss. I know wonderful memories will be comforting. Hugs, Greta
What a wonderful memory of your father-in-law; it sounds like he was a man of deep faith and very organized too! Now I know who David is named after :) Praying for Dr. John and your families as you all process through this loss.
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