The days are cold…the nights are long…I miss the days of old thinking of you…you may be gone but you’re never over.
A traditional funeral service—with black suits, quiet church music, and loved ones gathered around a casket or urn–maybe perfect for some folks. But, it isn’t my thing. Never had. Never will. Mourning a life just doesn’t feel right. Life should be celebrated. It is a special day when you and I who loved a person gather together and celebrate her life–joyously–and remember her as she was…alive and vibrant.
Today, I choose to remember as you are, Jen Burgess Thompson, a beautiful woman, nurturing mother, loving daughter, and devoted wife. You were strong, smart, creatively talented, artistic, passionate, courageous, generous, active, emotional…real. You had hope, beauty, and power. You had a brain and knew how to use it. You touched everyone’s life with RESPECT, LOVE, and GRATITUDE. You believed in good. You deserved nothing less.
As one friend’s tribute last night,
…Today the heavens opened up to welcome Jen Burgess Thompson and here in Bend, her hometown, a soft, sweet and long overdue rain fell most of the afternoon. That rain seemed to offer a gentle blanket, protecting broken hearts and allowing everyone respite to reflect on Jens’ life. Her struggle with cancer. Her incredible bravery. Her willingness to share. Her love for her children and her many friends. How her story affects us all individually. I imagine many people, like me, asked themselves today if their families know just how much we love them. What would we do if we lost one of them? Could we be as strong as Jen if we were faced with a similar battle? How do you go on? Where do you find the strength? Do her boys know that we ALL love them so much even those of us who’ve never met them? Do they understand that their mother will always be with them, even though they can’t see her or touch her? Will they remember how it felt when she hugged them? I hope so. We remembered others we’ve loved who have passed before us, too many of them going before their time…The serendipity of that rain falling today – after not falling for so very long – seems to me to not be an accident. I am not a deeply religious person, but every now and again something very spiritual happens that just can’t be denied. Today was one of those days.~~Elise Gourguechon Jones
Jen’s strong faith in God will continue to inspire me even while my heart breaks for her two young boys–Cooper and Cohen–who have lost their mother yesterday morning. You fought a good fight. Rest in peace, Jen. You’re not forgotten. Thanks for the inspiration and legacy you’ve left behind. ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!