As we are in the first month of the year, we may look back and remember. Remembering past regrets, successes and loves lost. Memories are a beautiful experience we cherish as they are the mirror to the road we have traveled. Sometimes our memories can be painful reminders of heartaches yet healed. “Oh! it is hard to take to heart the lesson that such deaths will teach, but let no man reject it, for it is one that all must learn, and is a mighty, universal Truth. When Death strikes down the innocent and young for every fragile form from which he lets the panting spirit free, a hundred virtues rise, in shapes of mercy, charity and love, to walk the world and bless it. Of every tear that sorrowing mortals shed on such green graves, some good is born, some gentler nature comes. In the Destroyer’s steps their spring up - bright  creations that defy his power, and his dark path becomes a way of light to Heaven” ~Charles Dickens. 

   How should we or can we use our memories toward healing, toward moving forward? It is horrendous how there is a lack of statesman in our nation and world, that has allowed the murder and violation of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17) without consequence. When we lose a precious soul it can be extremely difficult to move forward when negative memories are involved or we are unwilling to let go of the past as if it was the present. Even when memories are good, we may struggle to live for today in hope and expectation of the future. One suggestion, may his or her memory be a blessing, we bless the deceased with our life moving forward and the memories we have of them. Our life in the positive is a living testimony to the influence of the deceased as well as the living. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com.

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