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My Uncle’s Heart: On Love, Grief, and Hope

Community Amidst the Coronavirus
1. All Parish Gatherings Canceled Until Further Notice
2. The Parish Gathering – March 15, 2020
3. Christ as a Shield Overshadow (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)
4. Ways to Serve & Give
5. Engaging this Season Through Heart, Mind, and Body
6. A Liturgy For Those Flooded By Too Much Information
7. The Parish Gathering – March 22, 2020
8. “Fear is a Liar”… is a lie?
9. My Uncle’s Heart: On Love, Grief, and Hope
10. The Parish Gathering – March 29, 2020
11. Imaginative Reading: Jesus & Lazarus (from John 11)
12. The Upper Room Anchor
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19. Good Friday: Learning to Lament
20. Holy Saturday: A Guided Meditation
21. Easter Sunday, 2020: The Garden of Life
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62. Daily Office Readings for the week of January 17, 2021

Throughout this unique season, we’re inviting members of The Parish community to share reflections from their own lives. In this post, Melanie Heineman shares her eulogy for her Uncle, who passed away last month. In Melanie’s reflections, we find a call to hope and love in the midst of grief.


I lost my Uncle February 7th.

He was married to my Aunt for almost 50 years. Having lost my own father when I was 10 he was precious to me. He had been battling for his life for almost 2 years with heart valve issues, so his death was not a surprise but still a shock.

Family tensions were high leading up to the service. The morning of the service I woke up at 5 am… not like me at all …unable to sleep. I had thoughts about my Uncle running through my head. I felt that if I wrote them down, maybe I could sleep some more before Kevin and I drove to Alabama for the funeral.

I felt I should give what I wrote to my Aunt… but when? I sent a screen shot to my Cousin on the way over and she asked me to deliver part of the eulogy… you see, what I wrote mirrored what she wrote. I later found out these words from God on generosity, love and hope were an answer to my Aunts’s prayers for a peaceful service. This became an example to me that we are the body of Christ and we are the answer to prayers.


Click through the images below to read Melanie’s eulogy to her Uncle.

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