Today, we said our last goodbyes to a wonderful woman, Cindy Stiles. Cindy has worked with my dad for many years, but I began building a relationship with her four years ago when I started tutoring her grandson. Since then, they have become a dear family to me and I have loved watching M grow into a fine young man.
Cindy passed away suddenly last Sunday from a massive heart attack. It is such a sad, sad situation and it has naturally been very hard on the family. Her husband went into the hospital just a day later with pacemaker issues, but is thankfully out and doing better.
The memorial service was today and it was a sweet time of remembering Cindy. I loved hearing stories about her through the years! What I remember most was her unconditional love for her child and grandchild. She only wanted the best for them. While she was often hard on M when it came to schoolwork, it was only because she knew he could do better.
Matt did the service and I loved how he connected the unconditional love Cindy showed to that of God's unconditional love for us. It was a beautiful and natural parallel. I hope others thought so too!
I had the privilege of reading a remembrance from Cindy's son and grandson today at the funeral. Although I had my share of tears while I was practicing, (I don't know why...I'm not usually an emotional person...) :) I made it through. Their words were beautiful and heartfelt, and I was honored to share them with the others who came to remember Cindy.
She was a wonderful lady, and she will be missed by so many. My heart especially goes out to my sweet M as he grieves the loss of his grandma.