A little over a week ago my best friend called to tell me her husband died. We knew he was ill but for some reason you just keep hoping they’ll get better.

This particular funeral hit pretty hard, you see I stood up with them at their wedding 34 years ago now I would  stand with her at his funeral as she buried her husband. It makes you look at your own mortality realizing time is passing and we are all getting older. My tears were for my best friend, we had been friends for 36 years before she met him and continued our friendship after they were married. I was sad my friend had to go through the goodby’s with the man she loved and sad to know the days ahead of her would be days of grieving and sadness but I also knew she would have days of happy remembrances. Her husband loved life and he loved people. Truly the man never met a stranger. He could sit and talk to you for hours on any subject you might want to discuss. She will miss him, the fun, the laughter and the love and she will miss the quite moments when they were together.

Parting is not easy…yet the day comes and we have to say goodby to loved ones. We need to remember the good times ,we need to do our grieving and then go on with building a life for ourselves, for they would want us to go on.  I know he would want her to remember him with love and not grieve long, but to go forward with her life.

We all need each day to make sure we are moving forward in our lives, living each day to the fullest, being with our loved ones and our friends.

About Susan Reichert

President of Southern Author Serivces; President of Collierville Christian Writers Group; Retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Southern Author Services promotes and highlights authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Lives in the South.
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2 Responses to BEST OF FRIENDS

  1. Thanks Jess, She knows he is in a much better place, but I know the days and months ahead will have some bumps for her. She is a lover of people, like him so I am in hopes that will be a blessing for her. Thanks for your prayers.

  2. Jess says:

    So sorry that your friend lost her husband. I’ve watched a lot of friends and loved ones grieve during the past year or two, and they all grieve differently. Some do go on with their lives but some can’t. They’re either paralized with fear, loneliness or lose their motivation to go on without their spouse. I’m saying a prayer this moment that your friend will be one who moves forward and that her friends will be there to fill the emptiness in her heart.

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