Grandson's final farewell

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Registered: 09-10-2008
Grandson's final farewell
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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 10:40pm
from his widow, pretty well sums up the long day - "This morning, Shawn had an escort of almost a mile's worth of local fire departments from the funeral home to the church, and the girls and I were transported by Donnie Happ, the fire chief of Homer. Traffic was blocked all the way from Sidney to Champaign. The Patriot Guard, the Legion, the flag line, the fire fighters, reading of Infantryman's creed followed by a quartet singing the army song, the folding and presentation of the flag, the 21 gun salute, the presentation of the firefighter's flag and his helmet, the firefighter's last call for Shawn Berkman, and finally, the infantrymen carrying Shawn out of the church......to sum it up, it was the most incredible thing I've EVER seen. Shawn never knew the impact he had on this world. He changed all of our lives. He never would have imagined such a big deal for him, but he deserved every second of it. I wish you all could have seen it. The girls and I miss you so much, Papa Bear. I hope you saw what a big deal you really were. The president himself would have been jealous."
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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 3:49am

{{{Jacquie}}}....as I mentioned earlier under another forum, I've had such a tragic weekend, with thoughts of you and your family attending your DGS's funeral; of the funeral near my home for the two young Powell boys, buried together in the same casket after their father blew up the home all of them were in, to take part in a home visit, and then I hear on the late news cast of the loss of singer-actress, Whitney Houston. It's been a bit much to take in two days.

I've valued our personal friendship throughout the years, especially when you made a visit to WA state and we met in person and spent some wonderful hours together. I wish I could give you huge hugs today, for I know what you are going through, having lost my one and only DGD in recent years due to suspicious circumstances, and I've not quite gotten over it yet.

You are doing the right thing...talking about your loss, about your feelings, and remembering in detail all the last moments of your DGS's life, for holding it inside becomes a poison that can pull you down into a deep depression that is hard to climb out of.

I admire your strength and felt the need to drop in on this board to add more words of support and to thank you for sharing this with the iVillage community. I'll be talking with you again soon, dear friend!

 

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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 11:34am

Of all the ceremony, what got me most was the final firefighters call on the walkie talkie.

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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 1:23pm

Jacquie,

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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 1:28pm

Hugs to you also, Liz, it has definitely been a somber weekend for you.

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