- Death cannot take away the love that parents, children, family members, and friends have for their lost loved one. Such love remains. It survives the apparent final victory of the grave.
- Death cannot take away the contribution a person has made, no matter how briefly or how long that person may have lived. Death cannot erase the beauty of the life, the dreams dreamed, the love given and received, the good done, the hopes and plans nurtured. Such realities remain, immune to the finalities of physical death.
- Death cannot take away the ultimate commitment to life that’s the gift of those who remain. That commitment is perhaps the greatest honor that can be paid to the deceased - for the surviving to take up life and live it with vigor and joy and purpose, to keep on keeping on. Such a response is perhaps the grandest memorial a deceased loved one could receive.
When my husband passed away in 1987, my dear college friend Betsy Singleton passed along Rev. Workman’s words to me. I kept these words in a bedside table drawer and read them often. I pass it along to Pam and others like her who will lose a parent or child or dear friend to this terrible cancer beast.