I'll never forget the tears trickling down my mother-in-law's cheeks as she said "I'll see you again one day Bob." and released her balloon that first year. Her husband, best friend, and father to her children ~ who left us too soon. But then I think to lose a parent (or parent-in-law) is always too soon.
This year, we release a balloon in memory of my mother-in-law, Norine, too. An event she created to help us remember. An tribute to our heritage. One way to remember those who made us who we are today.
Her balloon won't travel solo. There will be balloons in memory of her two brothers that passed this year too. We, the family, will gather and celebrate our connections. Most connected through a blood line while yet ALL family! A great day ahead.
Do you take a moment to remember your family who have passed away at your family reunion and/or family gathering? If so, how?