17 September 2009

The Harrington Funeral

Death is so bittersweet. It hurts but also reminds people how short life really is. We're sad for the loss, but so happy that the person is in a better place than we are. Death causes us to draw near to the ones we love and cherish each moment, because tomorrow is not promised. I photographed my first memorial service last Friday for a dear friend of mine, Robert, whom I know through shooting weddings with, Bella Vista Productions. Robert's father passed away recently and he asked if I would cover the memorial, so I did even though I was unsure of what to expect! I am very thankful to have had this opportunity, not only because I was able to be there for a friend in need, but also because it was so revealing to me. Although I did not know Robert Lee Harrington, I left the service feeling as though I had known him all along. This man, a retired fireman, and current policeman, was said to be one of the most generous, light hearted, and caring people that anyone had ever been around. Naturally, Robert being a videographer had lots of video footage of his father and all of it just brought a smile to my face. Throughout the service I could not let go of the idea that tomorrow is not promised. All too often I get caught up in the busyness of life and set my focus on tasks, to-dos, and things and let people fall to the wayside. I take the people who are my strongholds for granted and don't take the time to truly enjoy their company because I'm thinking of what's next on my agenda. Life is too short, there are always going to be things that need to be done, Ray always tells me, "babe, it will be there in the morning." I can tell you I haven't proved that statement wrong yet. So, just take a look around you and encourage the people you love, let them know how much they mean to you, don't let it go unsaid for another moment. Hope you enjoy the images, it was a wonderful service.

A friend loveth at all times. Proverbs 17:17

Have a great weekend.

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