On Saturday, July 2, my aunt died. She was killed in a boating accident.
When my parents found out, they called Kiefer first to make sure he was with me. Tears were shed. Every day since has been filled with emails, phone calls, texts to check on family members and funeral arrangements.
I’d never really even been to one. No one in my immediate family has ever died.
Oddly enough, when I was very young, I went to a funeral for some distant relative. But because I was young, I sat outside with my new baby cousin and my aunt.
And Friday I went to her funeral.
And I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to say. But I gave lots of hugs to my family and to strangers.
My aunt was giver. She was constantly moving. Constantly doing. Constantly giving. Always helping someone. And it showed. Over 650 people came to her viewing and funeral. She was loved…by everyone.
Why am I posting this?
Because it’s been a rough week. In just 1 week, my aunt died, Kiefer’s neighbor passed away leaving 4 children motherless, and my godson’s uncle passed away.
So I’m asking you to slow down. Slow down and pay attention. Not just in your car or boat or on your motorcycle, but in your life. Tell your family and friends that you love them. Give them an extra squeeze when you hug.
Do it now.