My cousin Sarah was never married before she died, so her parents dressed her in a wedding gown. She was married to God now in heaven.
I thought it was painful to see Sarah's loved ones in tears as they said goodbye and paid their last respects.
It was so much more painful watching Sarah's mother crying and grieving as she was being buried. When you're a baby, you cry when you want something. Sometimes it's just how a baby says hello. As you grow older it takes a lot more to make a person cry.
My aunt was in her 50s-60s. It takes a lot to make someone cry at her age.
I almost died when I was a teenager (mostly due to my stupidity), and I remember in the emergency room the pain in my mother's face as she saw me bandaged and in a neck brace. I didn't realize at the time just how painful it must have been for her as my mother.
Hearing Sarah's mother, and her complete grief, I wondered what would have happened if it had been me. I know my mother, she would have cried and grieved just the same. And it takes a lot for someone to cry at her age. I apologized to my mother as we walked away and got in the car.
Parents should never have to bury their children.