By Christopher Simon
Life Goes On
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” ~ Matthew 5:4 NIV
If you have lived long enough to experience the passing away of many of your friends and family, you realize that life goes on despite their deaths. There is something in us which feels compelled to stop everything to memorialize the passing of dear loved ones, and that is as it should be.
Someone who doesn’t take time out of his or her busy schedule to go to a funeral or otherwise honor someone’s passing will probably regret it later, and may need to think about his or her priorities. And yet life must go on.
We all have lives to live and responsibilities to meet and we can’t interrupt them indefinitely because someone has died. The crux is in balancing the mourning and grief with the responsibilities. Many things will go on without us being there. Your co-workers will handle things while you go to the funeral and take time to mourn, but eventually you will need to return to work.
Some cultures make haste with the funeral and burial rites, requiring the body to be buried within 24 hours after death. There is undoubtedly wisdom in such practices, as it allows the mourners to get back to their lives quickly, but there is no single right answer for these things.
Situations vary, and some people need more time to grieve than others. Stop the clocks, turn off the phone, and mourn, but realize that life does indeed go on.