Saturday, February 12, 2011

Remembering Alana

I was able to attend Alana's funeral service today. Justin had to miss it because of a work career fair that he had registered for months ago, he was very sad he couldn't come with me.

Anyways, the funeral was beautiful. There was a slideshow of pictures going, and there were flowers everywhere! Alana was in a beautiful white dress with all her stuffed animals around her.

After the pastor said a few words and read a scripture, he said there were a few family members who had some things to say and then they would allow other members of the congregation to come up if they wanted to.

After an uncle, a grandma and a grandpa went, the pastor asked if there was anyone else who wanted to come up. I was inwardly excited at the opportunity to say something.

When I said my name, there were a few "a-ha" faces. When I said I was Brigham's mom, there were a lot more. I briefly explained how my son had the same condition, was her NICU neighbor, and had passed away after 20 days (only 2 weeks before Alana). I shared my feeling of Brigham and Alana's pre-mortal friendship and now post-mortal friendship. I truly believe there is something that Trent & Christi and Justin & I need to learn from each other.

I was hoping to be more inspirational, or spiritual, or comforting in my thoughts, but I was glad to be able to attend anyways. We've built a friendship with the Larsons that we'll have forever.

Alana's funeral was held only about a mile from Brigham's cemetery so I went there afterward and got to spend a few minutes by myself at his grave. It's so beautiful there...


Anonymous said...

I think it's wonderful that you got up and spoke at Alana's funeral. That was very courageous, and I bet her parents were happy you did.

Brittney said...

My Favorite quote: "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They waken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same."
It's so wonderful how the Lord puts people into our lives during our times of need the way he did for you and Alana's parents.

Brigham's gravesite does look beautiful.