Sunday, August 13, 2006

Putting the fun back...

Yesterday I attended the funeral of Tony DeWitt and it was a...well, it was a unique experience! In a video, shot in 2004, Tony was recorded as saying about his funeral, I don't want it to be too sad, I want it to be a FUNeral. And so it was. The family, pastor & musicians were decked out in hawaiin shirts, there was a rag band in the lobby afterward playing "When the Saints Go Marching In," and at the graveside there were balloons and clowns making animals. It was really cool to see how this family processed their grief. Tony was diagnosed with cancer over 9 years ago, and so this day had been talked about for a long time. And although, there was plenty of levity, there was a healthy dose of tears and eulogizing. Here's a couple of highlights:
  • They played Brandon's song Better Man, that he wrote about his dad
  • Chip Handerich said: "Tony did show us how to die with cancer, he showed us how to live with cancer."
  • Several speakers highlighted the fact that the DeWitt's have house about 170 foster kids over the years. Wow!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

dear pastor, do you mind to give me your address? i would love to send you good preaching messages i have heard.

far far from borneo

ckd said...

my email address is in my profile

Anonymous said...

oh no.. i mean mailing address. they are in vcd form.. in case you don't feel peace, then give me your church address.

ckd said...

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615