Oh, Caddy,” said Saffron miserably.
“I know. It’s awful. But I’m going. We all should.”
“It will be so sad.”
“You have to be sad sometimes,” said Caddy. “Whatever Dad says. He may be right. Granddad probably had totally lost his marbles, but I am still sad and I’m still going to the funeral. I shall be as unhappy as I like and I shall where black.

I’ve never been to a funeral until today. I see dazzling arrangements of red, yellow, and purple flowers with long, green stems. I see a stained-glass window with a white dove, a yellow sun, a blue sky. I see a gold cross, standing tall, shiny, brilliant. And I see black. Black dresses. Black pants. Black shoes. Black bibles. Black is my favorite color. Jackson asked me about it one time.
“Ava, why don’t you like pink? Or yellow? Or blue?

Death would be an extremely bad thing like most of us paint it, if being dead were painful.

Except for my daughters, I have not grieved for any death as I have grieved for his. His was a great and beautiful spirit, he was a man – all man, from his crown to his footsoles. My reverence for him was deep and genuine.

Some people will each start investing more of their salary on ‘their’ house and spending less of it on ‘their’ car or cars only when they start being able to take ‘their’ house to work, funerals, weddings, etc.

One of the hardest things you will ever have to go through is the death of a child. The second hardest thing you will ever have to go through is having a child die at Christmas time. The third hardest thing you will ever have to go through is telling your child that their friend and family member has passed away. The bittersweet moment that pulls you through it all is when your child says, “Mom don’t cry. They’re okay because they are with God now and they promise not to leave until they help you get through this.

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