The process of saying goodbye to a loved one involves a lot of steps.  The last two weeks have been hectic.  The greiving has been punctuated with periods of laughter as we remember Susan’s life.  Memories flood in when you least expect it.  Some are sad, some are bittersweet and others make you want to grin or laugh out loud.
The parts of the process related to Sue’s adopted country are over and we’re now left with two Canadian tasks.  Tomorrow, we bury Susan’s remains beside those of my father.  Among the trees they will be reunited.
Saturday, friends and family will gather to celebrate her life, share some stories, some tears and some joy.  This will bring an end to the formal process.  Our lives must go on and they will but there will always be a corner of our hearts that will long for someone we will never see again.