Two years ago we parted ways. After securing the rental, Denise dropped me off at the gas station where I planned - and eventually did catch a bus. I was somewhere between Boise and Salt Lake June 6, 2015 when my brother called to let me know of my Uncle's passing.
Facebook memories have provided memories of the trip and of Uncle Ross's passing. My daughter-in-law Jeanie passed away exactly two years later. She is the third child of her mom and dad to pass away within the last eight years. Her brother and sister had each been 32 when they passed. Jeanie would have been 34. All three children died in June.
After the funeral, Jeanie's mom had invited everyone to their house for "refreshments" - it was more like a potluck meal. Jeanie's dad announced that Jeanie's mom might have to leave as her father is in the hospital with cancer and was taking a turn for the worst (although leaving your mortal body is sometimes really not the worst - though that is often how it's expressed) but she was still there when it came time for us to leave.
Roland's sister and husband grilled Jeanie's parents to make certain that Biff would be alright. They seemed satisfied which I was grateful because it helped back up my own thoughts which I had tried to relate to Roland (I am much better at sorting my thoughts out on paper than verbally in my head). We came home without Biff or Ally - which is fine. I truly believe that Biff needs his space right now that Roland unintentionally might not allow. Biff has to cope at his own pace - not anybody elses. His in-laws have at least been through this before.
Biff didn't know that it is proper to ask others to participate with the funeral - assigning them pall bearer or for prayer or whatever. Randy, Tony and Roland all fulfilled their roles without question. None of them knew they were involved until they saw their names on the program.
We listened to a program on the way home. The speaker was relating an experience where a man had been away from his family for three years. "Three years is a long time" Jeanie and Biff were married three years ago in April. "Three years is not a very long time".