Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. ~Mark Twain
My mother has been gradually declining in health for four years. She was 81 years old and today February 7th) the daily nurse came to my parent’s home and left some literature about what to expect during these final days of her life. My sister and I were there, and of course, we were all feeling sad. (Mom passed around midnight).
Our dear Pastor Roberts came by and we discussed the funeral plans and he wanted some of my Mom’s history (where her and Dad met, where they got married and other facts) and Dad answered and told some stories. The Pastor then asked us all to go to Mom’s beside where he prayed a beautiful, uplifting prayer. He then asked us to join him in the living room.
Dad, my sister and I listened to him as he shared an experience he had as a chaplain for Hospice (he was a Hospice Chaplain for 30 years during much of his time as a pastor). He went to a patient’s room that he had known for some time, and her two daughters were there. He said he would like to pray with their Mom. They said that was okay but that she had been totally unresponsive for two weeks. He knelt and gently told the patient that he would like to pray with her, not expecting a response, when she said, “Okay, just keep it brief!” He fell over and her daughters were shocked! Those were the last words she spoke before she died.
We laughed, knowing that pastors frequently get teased about long sermons and prayers! He spoke at her funeral and said that this woman told him exactly what she expected at her funeral. The daughters started laughing thinking about it and when Reverend Roberts shared the story with those attending the funeral, they all laughed.
I know my Dad, sister and I felt so much better after he shared this with us. It has been a very serious time in our lives, one which no one can ever really be prepared for, yet when he left our day had been brightened and our energy renewed!
We know some of our customers simply want “very serious” all the time and that is fine. Our customers who allow us to include humor know it helps in so many ways, because humor transcends your audience. Do what works best for you, of course, but this is just an example of how humor always has a place! We shared this story with the funeral director as we finalized the plans for Mom and he enjoyed it as well. It got us through the tough times.
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