First let me start by saying it was a beautiful day yesterday. Sunny, few clouds, and about 72 degrees; Really an amazingly beautiful day. I woke up with a heavy heart. Nancy Saxton was with me and we both agreed it was a crappy day. But, it was hard to keep with that theme when we saw how gorgeous it was outside. We arrived at Julie’s church about 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. service. The place was already packed.
The ceremony was great. We had the youth choir involved (Julie loved them) and we had her three favorite priests. Brendan provided the most amazing and moving eulogy for Julie. Frankly, I have no idea how he got threw it, because everyone in the church was sobbing by the time he finished. There is something to be said for belonging to a church. Because they knew Julie, they took care of everything. We had a slide show that played during the wake. It was 300 great photos of Julie with all theses amazing people in her life. One lady at the wake pointed out that Julie was smiling in every single one of those pictures. That was Julie.
We spent nearly an hour and a half after the wake with people getting up and telling stories about Julie. I got up there and attempted to tell people how blessed I was to have been called her best friend for 28 years, no one else could say that. Of course, I had to say it through tears, so I don’t know how well I was understood. I know I was truly blessed, and I am okay with lettering her go. I know I will see her on the other side. Although her death is not my choice, I understand why it happened and what I meant. Julie is an amazing Angel for God to pick. She had done so much for so many people. She has taught so many people (including me) to believe in God. She has taught people about Melanoma and the need to get screened. I can only imagine the number of people she has reached through her suffering. And the thing is, she was honored to do it. It wasn’t her choice, but she believed in the calling of the Lord. She was willing to do that for us.
Anyway, the point of this post is let those of you who could not make it know how amazing her funeral was. It was absolutely overwhelming to see the amount of people Julie touched with her amazing personality and big smile. It was a day Julie would have loved.
I plan to upload more photos of Julie on this blog. I also plan to add the 300 photo slide-show from her wake to my Flickr Account. That way you can all enjoy Julie as we did.
For now I want you all to know that I am thankful for every day I have here on this earth and I promise to live my life to the fullest. I hope you do the same. Julie would have wanted it that way.