My wife's cousin passed away earlier this week and the funeral services were today. It was a pretty sad story, really. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year a few months after graduating from Utah State, and a few months after her 22nd birthday. She was a really pretty girl with a bright future. She was a very gifted pianist and was one of very few to get accepted into the musical therapy program. In order to complete the requirements for the diploma, she was to spend 6 months at a health facility back east. She was unable to do this as she was diagnosed just before she was supposed to leave. She also had a missionary whom she was waiting for and writing to.
Anyway, the service was great. There was a huge turnout of family and friends. I have had time to process the loss as I felt it was coming for months, and I have a firm testimony in the reality of the resurrection and I know that the separation she will have from her family is only temporary. The head of the musical therapy program shared some experiences from her schooling, and presented the parents with the diploma she was unable to get because she didn't complete the 6 month program after graduating.
With all of her accomplishments, the thing that stood out to me about Celeste wasn't how well she did for herself, but the good she did for others. It was the theme for her life. She lifted those around her. She was a true disciple of Christ. She was a great example of service and touched many people's lives. I hope I can leave such an impression on the world when my time is up.
(I don't keep a journal, but wanted to write down my feelings)
Law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. -Thomas Jefferson
...the haircut becomes the test of virtue in a world where Satan deceives and rules by appearances. -Hugh Nibley