October 03, 2007

Further to last words

I had written about a "last lecture" given by Dr. Pausch, recently, and wondered, what would you say if you had the opportunity to give your last words to people you loved.

Well, yesterday, I got a partial answer to that question. Yesterday, I attended the funeral of my 95 year old great-aunt. I met up with her grandson, my cousin, in the parking lot outside the funeral chapel and he told me that she had called him on the phone the day before she died. She shared with him her last lecture, if you will. As with so many things in her life, it was direct and to the point and exquisitely focused on what is important in Life. She spoke to my cousin with the full knowledge that she was going to die and she remained in possession of her faculties pretty much right up to the very end of her long and wonderful life. Here's what she said:

"S____, I am going to die. Take care of your family. Good bye."

That was it, my cousin told me. Short and to the point. She was clear about what was important to her: family.

She was quite a lady, my great aunt.

And yes, I did end up speaking at her funeral. No one spoke about the importance of Judaism in her life, about celebrating Jewish holidays and living the Jewish calendar. So, I got up and did that. Her grandchildren thanked me for it. And you know what, I made everyone laugh, too. She would have liked that, also.

Posted by Random Penseur at October 3, 2007 11:02 AM | TrackBack

You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

I am sorry for your loss.....

Posted by: Wicked H at October 3, 2007 07:10 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, hon. But God bless you for speaking lovingly at the funeral - I always admire clarity in the midst of confusion.


Posted by: Margi at October 6, 2007 10:59 PM

Such as superior glasses. They're very good quality and they are eligable for Amazon Primary, to they reach one's destination around the house very fast.

Posted by: Rivenbark at January 16, 2013 08:24 PM

i got myself my two of gascans on april 30 so i as a final point recieved them these days delayed twelfth!! amazing!! i can't envision they'd that long, but my partner does attain evidence from amazon online marketplace why it acquired that long.

Posted by: Lee at January 23, 2013 03:47 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?