My husband and I had made pre-arrangements for our final resting place many years ago. We knew that it was a good thing to do to help each other and our children in the future. We had decided we would be cremated and had chosen a niche at the cemetery. We also set up a payment plan and eventually finished paying for it.
Then I retired. And we moved. We moved for various reasons. One was to get closer to three of our children and a new grandchild who was due to be born any minute. After getting settled, I realized that we needed to transfer our cemetery as well! Fortunately there was a cemetery belonging to the same company as the one where we had made our previous arrangements. So it wasn’t difficult to transfer and then pick out a niche at the new cemetery.
When Rich passed away, my son, Brian, and I went to the funeral home to make the final arrangements. The funeral director told us that we could have two silver pendants with my husband’s fingerprint engraved on it and a word engraved on the back. I had never heard of that. I was just amazed.
We chose “Pop” for one because some of the kids called him Pop. We chose “Sunshine” for the other because I often sang to him – You are the sunshine of my life!
Then I forgot all about them, until my son gave them to me the other day. I even forgot what we had engraved on the back. That time of planning had become just a blur to me. I was in shock. I had needed to use all my strength just to keep from completely falling apart.
So I gave Brian the “Pop” one and I took the other. I put it on my necklace that also has a cross on it. Now I have a cross and my husband’s fingerprint. Worn close to my heart, where my love for Rich will live forever.
Beautifully said Colleen! May your faith continue to heal you.
Thank you Pat.