It is August 12, 2012 and the funeral procession has just arrived at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, CA. The weather is a sultry ninety degrees. The body of Jeffrey’s has just reached the grave site.
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His wife Jennifer with their son, Robert, and their daughter, Patricia along with both sets of their parents are there also. Last week after a long battle with prostate cancer Jeffrey succumbed.
Earlier today, there was a funeral mass at St. Phillip Benizi Catholic Church. The Pastor Father Ronald approached the grave site and began the committal service with the following words, “Now is the time to release Jeffrey into what we know as his greater good, his fuller expression. Because we love Jeffrey, we are willing to support him with our faith and our growing consciousness of oneness with God. We are willing no matter how deeply we shall miss his physical presence, to let Jeffrey go into this new unfoldment without trying to hold him back, we would not deny the joy of his new experience. Let us do this with all the trust and faith that is expressed in the 23rd Psalm. Let this be our word of faith and love that goes with him now.”
He intoned the verse thusly, “Peace I leave with you, my piece I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, either let them be apart. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Father Ronald continued, “and heeding this words of Jesus, we do rejoice, knowing that Jeffrey having no further need of his earthly body, has laid it aside willingly and continues on in a greater and freer and more beautiful life than he has ever known. Now my God-the God of Peace be with us, the God of love console us, and the God of Wisdom cause us to know that there is no death. And each of us, having released Jeffrey to his greater good, now return to the task that each of us has of expressing God at the highest level of our own capacity in our daily lives. And so it is. Amen”
Father Ronald ended by blessing the casket while sprinkling holy water, “I bless this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Afterwards Jeffrey’s son Robert was asked to say a few words, “My father Jeffrey will not only be remembered by my sister, my mother and me. But he will be remembered by all the people who will read the two books that he has written and published. These books are a testament to him and what he has accomplished in his lifetime.”
As the casket was being lowered into the grave, Father Ronald blessed it again. He also then gave Jennifer a few words of condolence. She prayed silently near the grave and then left with their children to the waiting car to take them home.
Then let’s go back in time to the year 1947 to see how his life progressed to this point.