I can't enough times how wonderful it was to see Nate and Heather. Another friend I was able to reconnect with at the hospital and at Mom's service was Becky. We've been friends since we were 2 year old and neighbors. She came from a nearby town and it was priceless to have her both at the hospital and at the service. Her mom is in a couple of pictures I've posted - Moms friend of more than 50 years.
Mom's service was wonderful. She wanted worship - and we had it. She wanted a few hymns sung and they were. Joneile, a dear friend, sang "Thank you for giving to the Lord," while a slide show played of Mom's life. Many of those photos are in the blog post of Mom's Life Story. Here is the link to the stream of Mom's service. I'm not sure how long it will be there. It was amazing to see so many people who we have known through the years. Dad has an amazing support system in the area. He and Mom are well-loved. Will had suggested we open the mic for memories at the ICE CREAM reception, rather than the service. I think that worked well. Folks who wouldn't have talked at the service were comfortable at the reception and those who needed to leave, were free to do so.
As wonderful as it all was, I was drained and ready to go home and cocoon - though cocooning is not exactly what happened.