The Memorial Service for my mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman, was held Saturday, 25 July 2010 at her church, Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley, Arizona, under deep turquoise blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds.
Mom’s church community helped us celebrate her life through beautiful music, photographs, and heartfelt memories. We were deeply touched by the number of people who contributed their time and talent to making the day a special one for our family.
During the service, Mom’s pastor shared portions of a short piece she wrote several years ago about a parent’s role in passing on a spiritual legacy to their children. I could hear Mom’s voice as he read her words, and love the way she linked her ancestor Roger Williams with her own life and the spiritual legacy she left to each of her children and grandchildren.
Although she didn’t leave any specific requests for a memorial, we were pleased to find one small newsprint clipping inside the folder with her Will. Somewhere, she had found the lyrics to a song she liked, cut them out, and written in the margin “sing at funeral.” The Memorial Service closed with “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me, followed by her pastor’s warm benediction.