As I read through Friday’s (the 11th) paper, catching up on local news and goings-on after being away in Ontario, I came to the Classifieds page.
I don’t normally spend much time browsing anything in that section, but on that day I was struck with the amount of space the obituaries took up. I began to skim over some of the stories of life and pay attention to the dates of death. Some of them were memorials from loved ones passed in previous Decembers, but most were recent from 2015.
I became emotional thinking of the wives and husbands who lost their spouses, brothers and sisters losing their siblings, children losing parents and grandchildren losing their nanas and papas so close to Christmas.
So to those who so recently laid their loved ones to rest, mine and my family’s deepest condolences and sympathies to you and yours.
May you find love and peace and hope over this first Christmas without those who are no longer here with you.