Saturday, August 16, 2014

Death Comes in Threes

This week was a death kind of week, three people we knew died.  One was just an acquaintance, one was a old customer ( I left condolences on the Funeral Home Website.)

We attended the wake for a neighbor who died of cancer.  Bill was a local businessman for years and years, he did many selfless things for this community.  He graduated from High School with Far Guy.  One day last winter we had a really good visit with him…talking about old school photos….and how “Wouldn’t it be nice if the school kids from the Elementary School in Osage would get together and plan a reunion.”  We won’t attend the funeral, the church will be full to overflowing.  ( Too many people and too many germs and too many women with perfume.)

Do you think that things come in threes?  Usually after the second death we wonder who is next?

Up here in Minnesota a lunch is always served after the funeral…so we could have gone out for lunch three times this week.

I am almost out of sympathy cards.  I make my own cards…good thing I signed up for a retreat in September…I can get lots of card making done.

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20 comments:

  1. Yes I have lost three people I know one after the other . For everyone that passes there is another born some where . Sorry for your loss and for their families !

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  2. Whether we know the person well or not, their loss still affects us. Each is a loss from the memory of earlier times.

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  3. We've had deaths of some people we cared about in our community this year, too. Makes the world feel diminished.

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  4. Interesting observation,the three deaths. This week we had Robin Williams and Lauren BeCall (sp),but have we had another celebrity to make the "three" deaths?

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  5. I thought of the same think that Linda did, after Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. There probably was more than one other that escaped the notice of the news. They do seem to come in threes, though. Sorry for the loss of your neighbor. I hear you about escaping the crowd.

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  6. It does seem that things sometimes happen in threes (deaths) (things breaking) or just bad luck.... Do we count the good things that happen? in twos, threes.... I am saddened by the three this week ~ each one had their own battle and endured those battles for some time.... Rest in peace to them and strength to their families.

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  7. It is odd, but it does seem like death always comes in threes.

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  8. I definitely think things happen in three's. It has happened to us too often, not to believe. So, sad.

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  9. We lost a church friend who lived in our area for many years. He and his wife raised five adopted kids and three kids of their own. I had most of his children in school and keep track of them on facebook. We won't do visitation nor service as it will be a huge funeral. We were always a friendly face to him when we saw him at church.

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  10. How sad. I believe things happen in three's too. Mama always said anything that happens twice will happen again.

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  11. It is scary when you lose friends/acquaintances around you. It is a grim reminder of our mortality.
    I am never comfortable when two bad things have happened… I'm always waiting for the shoe to drop to make it three.

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  12. So sorry, yes, always in threes. Blessings Francine.

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  13. I will try again. My first comment didn't publish. I agree about the threes, especially in the world of celebrities. I'm sorry about the losses in your community. Our neighbor lost his bout with cancer recently. We went to his visitation but not the funeral. We will certainly miss seeing him. He was such a nice neighbor.

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  14. At this age we lose many people and a surprising number who are younger. It's good you had a visit with your friend recently.

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  15. Oh, Far Side, I am so sorry to hear this. I know that is hard to take...and three in a row makes it even harder.

    Don't worry about having to miss Bill's funeral. You have good reason. Besides, better that you had a good visit with him recently, when he was alive and able to enjoy being with you. Another good gift would be to visit any of the remaining family to offer your condolences after all the busyness of this moment is past. I've found that afterwards, when everyone starts feeling like "oh, she'll be alright now" is exactly when the loved ones left behind feel the most lonely. A visit would be so much more meaningful then, than being just another person in a crowd during the stressful moment of the funeral, itself.

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  16. Hi Connie, My friend, Lynda Harrington, highly recommended your blog. I have been blogging since 2006 --and now am only blogging twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). But--I still love it and have met so many wonderful friends through blogging (including Lynda).

    I do think that death does come in 3's... Don't know why --but it always seems to work out that way... Sorry about the deaths of those you knew. But on occasion, it fools you. My Brother-in-law died in November --followed by my father-in-law's death in December... I was worried as to who would come next.... BUT???? Didn't happen this time--thank goodness.

    Please visit when you have a chance. Hubby and I are retired and love to travel, meet people, hike, search waterfalls, garden (flowers), and I love my backyard birds... Life is good on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. My sympathy in your loss. I was not able to attend Mary's funeral but I was thankful to have visited with her weeks earlier when she knew me and I treasure those last memories of her and I know she appreciated the visit.

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  18. I think things come in threes! And I'm always glad when the last one occurs!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  19. I don't know where that saying comes from but it is true quite often.
    I totally understand why you can't attend the funeral. Have been to a few of those luncheons at the church after the funeral. You guys will can have lunch at home with Chance for excellent company. That should be the end of deaths for a while now. Whew!

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  20. Not good news all the way around. I used to kid my father about reading the obits first in the daily newspaper. Now I find myself doing it....:(

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