Saturday, January 8, 2011

Eternal Rest

It is a magnificent building both inside and out, but I have visited it, over the years, way too many times. The Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home sits on State Street quite close to Mercy Hospital. If memory serves me right, I do believe the first time I set foot within the front doors, with Mom and Dad, was for the wake of a childhood friend TG. He was 19 and passed away do to kidney complications and in the end failure of the organ altogether. As I remember, it all happened way too fast. We boys had no idea he was sick and had struggled with this illness since birth. Eddie and I did get in to see him two nights before he died. When we were leaving, Mrs. G- came up to us outside his room, and she was in quite an emotional state, crying terribly. I was confused to say the least. Two days later, I understood. I'm sure we've all had similar events in our teen years. This is one unpleasant memory that won't leave me, and I guess that's a good thing. No kid this young, with a world yet to unfold, needs to leave this world so early. And let me be a bit selfish for a moment-- no teen of 17 needs to suffer the loss of a dear friend at such a pivotal point in his life. Peace.

13 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful structure for sure. The wreath sheltered under the portico is very handsome. I agree about the difficulty in saying goodbye to a friend so young. I lost my only daughter in a auto accident just 5 days short of her 18th birthday. The loss of one so young is a wound that takes a long time to heal, if ever. She died almost 22 years ago and wound is still fresh.

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  2. And the friend never talked about his illness all those years?
    Yes, it must have been hard for you all.

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  3. Always hard when people die at a young age. I have lost a few friends over the years.

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  4. It is always hard to lose a friend/loved one, but more difficult in the teen years when so much life is ahead of you.

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  5. Beautiful building.

    It is always hard to lose a friend, especially one so one. The first [human] death we face can be quite traumatic. One that we are never prepared for.

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  6. It's a magnificent building indeed - people are dying to get in there!

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  7. I agree with Sharon and Wong.

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  8. Birdman -- It is so difficult sometimes to talk about the death of a friend or a loved one. A house or a place can remind us of our loss -- remembering their friendship or love. -- barbara

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  9. Nice respectful photo today. I appreciate the thoughts it stimulated. I can deal with death of elderly people and even people my age; we didn't get cheated. It just seems unfair when young people die too early with life's experiences unexperienced.

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