Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest With Honor And Dignity

“The first night in Morotai, the Japanese sent over a bomber on the north end of the island.  The next day we went out and dug a deeper foxhole.”  – Lt. Joseph F. Cullen, Personal Diary

My husband went to rent a car for a trip to the west coast.  The occasion:  A memorial service for his father who passed in March 2020.  While chatting with the agent, she commented that this was her fourth rental that week for such an occasion – Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest.  There is a lot of saying good-bye going on right now.

The backlog of “normal” passings along with the toll the pandemic is taking is showing up.  The need to process these passings is keen in humans.  It is good to take the time and effort to do so.

Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest

Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest

Veteran’s Day Sunday 2020 my local church had a special service to honor the veterans in our congregation.   Our pastor included my father-in-law, Major Joseph F Cullen, USAF, partly due to the wonderful video you can view here.

Daddy Joe turned 95 in January 2020.  The family gathered to celebrate and honor his life.  Representatives from Beale AFB came to the gathering to meet and pay honor to this man who served.  My husband narrated the video, but the folks at Beale put it all together.  What a wonderful gift.

Delayed Tribute To A Life Well Lived

Joe passed away a few months later in the midst of, although not due to, the pandemic.  The day before his passing, the family gathered via phone to say their goodbyes.  Although in a coma at the time, we are sure Joe was aware of our voices.

It is important to honor those who have served in the protection of our freedoms.  The freedom to choose our leaders, express our options, agree to disagree and worship, or not, in the pursuit of happiness,  These privileges and rights remain, in great measure, due to those who have fought to protect those freedoms.

Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest

So today, September 11, 2021, Daddy Joe’s family will gather to give honor, both civil and military to say final good-byes.   Yes, September 11 – a fitting day for such an occasion.

What one passing is on your mind and heart today?  What can you do to give that life honor and dignity?

I am a former air traffic controller, pilot, Aircoupe owner, married 42 years to a great guy. We live in a 125+ year old historic Victorian, enjoy cats, vintage anything, precious friends. My passion is Giving Lost Stories A Voice – Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose!

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