Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Requiescat in Pace

Today, dear readers, is a more solemn post. My great aunt, Helen, on my mother's side, died last week. She was on the Greek side of my family and I barely knew her, but I ask your prayers for her soul and for my mom's family, especially my grandfather. Thank you, and I will write a later post on a much more happy or "natural blue" note later on.

One thing I love about the Greek language is how they express things. My great aunt Helen was honored in her church's Sunday bulletin and above her they wrote the words "May her memory be eternal", which somehow has a different meaning to me than "May she rest in peace". Am I alone in this? The Greek seems much more personal and a reminder to us still here on earth that we are to glean the good from others and live by that goodness. I'm not saying this the way it's sounding in my head, but when I hear "May her memory be eternal", I feel like it is a request for us here on earth to make her proud through our lives well lived, and so on for generations. Does that make sense?

At any rate......may she rest with God for eternity and may her life be an example to all who knew her. Thank you for your prayers!

~ Dorie

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:36 PM

    So sorry to read about the passing of your great aunt. I do like your interpretation of "May her memory be eternal," and I dare say your aunt would too. I have many Greek friends and as I read your comments, had to shake my head affirmatively. It's definitely a culture thing. In any case, I like the idea of making a loved one who has passed proud with our acts here on Earth and yes, it makes total sense.