"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Sunday, November 18, 2012

god be with you 'till we meet again.


last sunday morning,
veteran's day,
at 6:15am grandpa casper passed away.
after a long fight with Parkinson's disease,
his body was finally released from all of its mortal pain.
i sat behind grandma casper during the burial services.
i had never heard what they say when they hand a wife a flag 
from the United States of America 
at a funeral before.
it's the most breathtakingly beautiful sentiment.
that would make anyone want to run out and enlist.
grandpa would have been so proud at how we celebrated his life.
he was a mortician,
so we had high standards to meet.
short and sweet.
and all about the family.
that's how he liked it.
even though grandma didn't want them to shoot off the guns.
brennan loved it.
and collected one for himself on our way out.
we all jumped.
and snuggled together under blankets and coats.
except for brennan, who refused to wear his coat,
and then cried about how he was cold, 
and wanted his coat during the dedication prayer that sean's dad gave.
we warmed up at the luncheon back at the church,
with some of the best ham and funeral potatoes i've ever had.
then we all {grandma included} spent the night playing games, drinking soda, and eating treats,
celebrating the hard working, selfless, and loving grandpa casper.
god be with you 'till we meet again grandpa.
we love you.

3 comments:

becca said...

i'm so sorry for your loss hugs

Sue said...

Sorry, Em. Looks like a beautiful day filled with love and remembrance.

Hugs.

=)

Amy said...

:( It is so hard when we see with our limited vision loved ones returning home without us. You are an inspiration. Hugs.