After Aunt Nelda’s memorial service we hung around and spent some time with Dena’s cousins and their mom.
While the grown-ups were catching up, the kids (Zoe and Zach, Davis and London, and Merick) found ways of having a good time. Especially the part where they piled on me.
These kids are a vital part of Nelda’s legacy. The way I look at it, one of Nelda’s parting gifts to us was to help teach the Z’s about death, loss, and community. She was close enough that it registers with them, but not so close that it devastated them. By attending the funeral and memorial service, they got to see how people say goodbye to someone they knew and loved. They got to see a part of the grieving process, but they also brought some happiness and joy to people who needed it.