5 condolences: Lessons learned

When we remember loved ones we’ve lost, some of the most enduring memories are of the things they taught us. A cooking lesson, a favorite high school class, a life philosophy passed down… these are the things that stay with us and help us get through our grief. Today we share 5 condolence messages about things learned from loved ones. 

  1. Ely was very influential on my piano style when I took piano lessons from him at UNR in the 80s. He was tough, but in a good way. He taught me the art and craft of finger pressure, hand positioning, etc. to bring out that Romantic expressivity which was his forte. Off and on he’d tell me things about his interesting life. We former piano students perhaps should get together and do a “recital” in his honor, playing something he taught us while taking piano lessons from him. [Published in Reno Gazette-Journal]
  2. You were the woman who taught me how to catch a fish (and clean it), how to cook, washed my mouth out with soap when I needed it, held me when I cried as a child and brought so much joy and love to everyone around you. May God Grant you Peace and welcome you home by his side! [Published in Herald Tribune]
  3. The Chief always had a life lesson to go along with being a great woodshop teacher. I think of him often because I work in the furniture and cabinet industry. Things he taught me come back just at right time to direct me in the right path. Chief was the right name and he was the Chief of his classroom. [Published in Akron Beacon Journal]
  4. Gramma taught me how to find the good in everyone and you never HATE anyone, you DISLIKE what they do. What words to live by. [Published in The Chronicle]
  5. My mother is a single mom of three. It was very hard to allow any man into the family until i met Stewart. I had never got along with any man other than him and I’m glad i got to share many memories. Stewart Taught me how to shoot a bow and arrow and my favorite out of all was my first hunting trip, even though we sat for many hours with no words spoken, frozen toes and with only one sight of a dog. I will never forget the time i spent with him. I will cherish that forever! [Published in Forsyth News]

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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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