Reflections on a Current Funeral


I lately did a funeral for a member of our church named Dianne. I didn’t know Dianne properly, as her well being didn’t enable her to attend significantly considering the fact that I became the pastor. I did know that she had Down Syndrome.

It was an fascinating funeral in a quantity of techniques. A single was that it was birthday-themed. What?! Dianne viewed as every single day to be her birthday. So we honoured that by possessing balloons, birthday cake and even sing delighted birthday. It actually produced it a time of celebration.

The other issue that actually stood out had been the stories. There was not significantly speak of the troubles of possessing Down Syndrome, even although I’m positive there had been some. The overwhelming concentrate was on the good influence she had on each her loved ones and her church. She was identified to spread joy and really like every single exactly where she went.

Now you may say, “Of course they mentioned that, that was her funeral.” I have carried out sufficient funerals to know when persons are browsing for some thing good to say and when it is genuine. Dianne definitely enriched the persons about her.

It produced me sad to believe that there are some who want to eradicate Down Syndrome via abortion. Richard Dawkins as soon as claimed that it was immoral to not abort a infant with Down Syndrome. His attitude is not distinctive.

The truth is that persons like Dianne are not burdens but are treasures. I know that our church would have been significantly poorer for not possessing identified Dianne.

Do not just tolerate persons with disabilities, really like and embrace them and be ready to be blessed.

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