They flashed the pictures of all the dead with their names on the screen. As we went in we were given crystal and gold ornaments with our dead person’s name written on a gold tag. Then, in what took a terribly long time, they read off every name of the dead this year and one by one, the families arose, walked to the front of the church, and hung the ornament on a lighted Christmas tree. In many ways it was very moving. However, most of my time was spent attempting to occupy three little people so I missed some of it. Plus, there were over 160 names read, so by the time they got to the S’s I was inwardly cheering! However, I did find tears welling up as they played, “Blessings” by Laura Story at the end. That song has been very special to me ever since it came out, but especially since June.
During the ceremony, Sam leaned over to me and whispered, "I wish they'd tell us how each of these people died!" I think this boy may be his mother's son...Every time I visit the cemetery, I find myself wishing the same thing as I read others' tombstones. I'd love to know all the stories.