Remember and Celebrate

Category: Days of Loss

November 9, 2015

A Widow’s Reflections – an exceprt

(Carol and Gordon, April 5, 2005) On this, the 10th anniversary of her husband’s death,  my sister-in-law, Carol,  has agreed to share an excerpt here from her recently written series of reflections on the first year  of being a widow.  Yeah, it gets confusing, both of us being Carol and all.  (Gordon died of hypothermia...

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November 8, 2014

The most wasted of days is the one without laughter!

Remembering my brother, Gordon Eugene Longenecker, on the 9th anniversary of his death at age 49.  Nov. 6th I wrote about The Gift of Fall in a Season of Grief. Today I continue the remembering with smiles.   It’s been  nine years since losing him and it seems like a good time to remember the Gordon we all...

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November 15, 2011

“Before and After” PS: An Intentional Journey

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) My REFUGE:  My cousin Janet sends me an email on either Wednesday or Thursday of that week.  I can still remember sitting at Carol’s computer reading her email to me.  It was a short email . . . simply sharing verse that helped her when her dad died....

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November 14, 2011

Before and After Day 8: Coming Home & an Airline Angel

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) It’s Monday Morning and Mom and Dad and I are flying home.   Galen stays behind to help Carol with business matters.  A week ago they were searching for him.  Now we are headed home after the Memorial Service.   As I sit there I notice…… The guy in the...

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November 13, 2011

Before and After, Day 7: Remembering & Comfort – A memorial Service

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) Carol’s (Gordon’s wife) thoughts on the Memorial Service November 12, 2005: God gave me the music one  special song at a time. * Right after the phone call on my way home from Missoula, I heard “I Can Only Imagine” and knew the situation was bad and I might...

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November 11, 2011

Before and After, Day 6 part 2: guest post “Between Life and Death” by Todd Hiestand

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) In Between Death & Life – a blog written by my son Todd on November 11, 2005. It’s not supposed to be this way. You are not supposed to watch your grandparents stand over the coffin of their youngest child. You are not supposed to listen to the cries...

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November 11, 2011

Before and After, Day 6, part 1: People, Flowers and Food

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) This evening we will be at the funeral home greeting friends and family. People and flowers and food flowed into the house. This white flower was one of the first and the most striking in appearance and fragrance. Notice the new Testament and Psalms. Carol and I “lived” in...

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November 10, 2011

Before and after, Day 5, Part 2 – Planning A Memorial Service

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) see HERE “for Day 5 part 1”  Today has been difficult. I cry what seems to be buckets of tears. And then Galen reminds me that while this is a pit, it is not a bottomless pit because of Jesus. This comforts me and gives me hope. It is surreal...

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November 10, 2011

Before and After, Day 5, part 1: Picking Up His things

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series) I go with Carol to pick up his “things.” Four days later and they’re still soaking wet. (Yes, those are his shoes.) Soaked – everything, even his wallet. Carol looks through everything, her hands shaking. “He didn’t even eat his Skittles.” There are wet matches, his wallet, and...

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November 9, 2011

Before and After, Day 4 part 2: Paul, Collin and God’s Sovereignty

(Start HERE  for full “Before and After” series ) Go HERE for Day 4 Part 1 ___________________ a lot happened this day.  The two visits with Collin and Paul were key as we begin to process what has happened.  As we left home, I grabbed a few choir CD’s. “Rescue” a song we learned just a couple...

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