5 condolences: going back to school

Fall is back-to-school time… but that’s a phrase that’s got more than one meaning. We mostly think of schoolchildren ending another fun summer and settling in to a new year of learning, but there are also the many adults who have decided to shake up their worlds and go back to school – to get their high school diploma, to finish a long-deferred college degree, to train for a new career – to change their lives.

Many of those adults were inspired by a special friend or family member who encouraged them to follow that dream. Today we share five condolences that remember and thank those inspirational people.

1. Mrs Scott was a special and kind person who always gave me encouraging talk and speeches. I used to help care for Mrs. Scott when I worked at Eden Pines(before name change), she always had a lot of pride for her family, and in our black history. She told me and others a lot of stories, and I appreciate her wisdom, and insight of certain things that she discuss. She encouraged me to keep on striving even when I had to stop working there, and when I mention to her about going back to school to further my education she cheered me on for,what can be say about a special person that has lived long and graceful, except that she was truly bless. May God be with your family and continued to keep all of you in his loving arms of understanding, strength, comfort,peace, and joy to keep on traveling this journey of life. [Published in Progress Index]

2. I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Simone.  She was an inspiration to so many, children and adults alike.  When my sons were students at Eden Park, it was Mrs. Simone who convinced me that it was not too late to go back to school to become a teacher. Because of her, I am teaching today. She brought so much happiness to so many children. I’ll never forget her riding on the back of a motorcycle, complete with leather jacket and helmet, at the Eden Park Talent Show!  Such a sense of humor she had! [Published in The Providence Journal]

3. Thank You for believing in me and helping me to be a better me. With your words of wisdom you gave me the strength to go back to school and achieve more than I could ever ask for. Thank You so much for the time you spent with me to become a better person. Morris family my thoughts and prayers are with you. [Published in Waco Tribune]

4. Grandpa, I miss you SO much and not a day goes by that I don’t think of you!! Today I have some news for you, I finally decided to go back to school. :) Today is my first day and I sure am nervous BUT really excited. I intend to give it my all and do my best, just as you have always wanted me to! Took long enough for me to figure out what I want to do huh? haha!! I ask that you please watch over me, Grandpa. Pray for me and give me strength and endless guidance during this next journey in my life. I hope that you are as proud of me as I was proud to even be writing this to you today! [Published in The Plain Dealer]

5. Mr. Riggs, So sad that I just heard of your passing, you were the inspiration I needed to go back to school and not be afraid of math. My thoughts and prayers to your family. [Published in Arizona Republic]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. In our “5 Condolences” series, we highlight messages with a common theme.

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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