5 condolences: Love and marriage

Chuck & Katie's wedding

When I joined Legacy.com back in 2002, I sat back-to-back with a co-worker named Chuck.  I’d regularly ask him questions as I was learning the ropes, and he was always extremely helpful.  We slowly became friends and hung out at group gatherings.  We realized we had a lot in common – close relationships with our families, a love of dogs, an appreciation for unusual foods, and more.  A year after we met, we began dating.  And a year later, we got married.  Two of our co-workers were in our wedding party, and nearly everyone in the company came out for our special day.  It was truly one of the happiest days in my life. 

Chuck and I recently celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.  I feel blessed to have found in him someone who is loving and supportive, who can laugh at himself, who is an amazing chef, who never fails to cheer me up when I’m feeling down, and who always strives to put others’ needs before his own.  And I will always be grateful that our jobs at Legacy.com brought us together. 

This week we share 5 condolence messages about love and marriage:

  1. I imagine Uncle Joe sitting in a lazy boy, remote in hand. He gets the word that the love of his life is on her way. He makes his way to the pearly gates & waits. He sees her coming. She is smiling & talking to the others who are making the same journey. Already creating new friendships. Not surprising at all! She sees Uncle Joe & her angel wings move quicker than angel wings should move. It’s been almost a whole year. My imagination is going back & forth on what happens next…..The fairy tale me sees her gliding safely into his open arms. As he spins her around he whispers into her ear, “Welcome home.” But the realistic me sees that Aunt Connie, in her overwhelming anticipation of once again being in the arms of Uncle Joe, is coming in way too fast. The impact sends them flying. They hold on tight to each other as they roll around the clouds laughing. Uncle Joe yells, “What took you so long kid?”… In any case they are together again. Hand in hand they will continue to watch over their loved ones, as always. [Published in The Burlington Free Press]
  2. I can remember coming in Doc’s office and there would be your mom and dad. Great big tall good looking man, and little tiny tiny shinny haired lady. This was even before she got sick. I remember thinking, look at the sweet couple, you couldn’t even get a spoon between the 2 of them! They were so loving towards each other. [Published by Smith & Williams Funeral Home]
  3. WE all LOVE Aunt Carolyn & Uncle Lenny so much. They are an amazing couple who inspire us all with their unconditional love for each other and their family. They have had many wonderful yrs together sharing an appreciation for the outdoors & their place in Greenville and being do-it-themselfers. They are admired by all who know them. [Published in Fosters]
  4. Father Jim is still my favorite priest. When asked to say a blessing at our 40TH wedding anniversary, after his retirement, he walked up with a folder and we began renewing our wedding vows. Should have known he’d do that. Fr. Jim loved to recognize long and happy marriages. [Published in The Courier-Journal]
  5. Grandpa Wood and his lovely bride, Grandma, have been the ultimate inspiration in our marriage. They always radiated what true love is and what being in love means. We will miss listening to Grandpa as he would tell his stories of his time in the military and his time with his true love. [Published in Deseret News]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.
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