Tagged with death

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 my sweet mother-in-law Elaine passed away. She was 83 years young. It is hard to say goodbye. Her loss is fresh. Our family is grieving individually. But, collectively we are also celebrating her wonderful life, and enjoying all of the treasured memories that she gave us. Continue reading

Patty Duke Saved My Life

Patty Duke Saved My Life

On Tuesday March 29, 2016 the world lost an amazing soul, and I lost one of my great heroes. Academy award-winning actress “Patty” Duke [Anna Marie Pearce] succumbed to a sepsis infection. She was only 69 years old. She meant a great deal to a great many people. And, I owe her my life. This is my story and my personal tribute. Continue reading

Two Funerals in Two Days

Two Funerals in Two Days

On Saturday I had the honor of singing at the funeral service for my Grandmother Adeline. This morning I had the honor of singing at the funeral service of LDS apostle Richard G. Scott. Two beautiful services for two great souls who have passed through the veil to the other side. Grandma Adeline Naomi Kleven Seely Proctor didn’t … Continue reading

Adeline’s Sweet Homecoming

Adeline’s Sweet Homecoming

This morning our Sweet Adeline “Grandma Addie” – a great big soul in tiny packaging – passed peacefully away from us and into the arms of those waiting on the other side of the veil. Just seven weeks ago we celebrated her 95th Birthday. It’s not too often that someone can enjoy having their Grandma in their … Continue reading

Thank You Kathie Lee

Thank You Kathie Lee

Other than television personality Glen Beck, I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard a popular media star bear their testimony on prime time television of the divinity of Christ, the blessings of the Bible, the value of church attendance, building family bonds, and the importance of faith. But, this week Kathie Lee Gifford – famous for her decades of talk show presence – did … Continue reading

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang four beautiful musical selections for Elder Perry’s funeral service. Each one of these songs were loved by Elder Perry and requested by his family. Each one of these songs are musical sermons and have beautiful symbolism well worth pondering. Continue reading

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Tonight beloved LDS apostle Elder L. Tom Perry lost his brief battle with cancer. Four weeks ago it was announced he was getting treatment for cancer. Yesterday it was announced that despite treatment, his cancer had metastasized to his lungs, and he was entering hospice care. There’s been an outpouring of love and expressions of compassion and kindness online, and I also noticed … Continue reading

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “He Is Risen” written by Cecil Frances (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895). From a very early age Fanny loved to write poems. She was near-sighted, timid and shy. At the tender age of nine her father noticed a lump under the rug in Fanny’s bedroom. Lifting the rug, he discovered a hidden stack … Continue reading

Finding Easter

Finding Easter

I should be sleeping. If I went to bed right this moment I might be lucky enough to get four three two solid hours of sleep. But, I’m not in bed and I’m not sleeping. Instead I’m sitting here worrying. I’m worrying about my in-laws who are both very seriously ill. I’m praying over them and wondering how … Continue reading

The Dust of Eternity

The Dust of Eternity

I have a remarkable story to share with you today. I hope that it inspires you as much as it inspired me. Since Joey’s death on Monday I’ve been particularly reflective about both the transitory and eternal nature of life. I’ve spent some extra time pondering heavenly things. You could say my heart has been turned a little more “outward and upward.” Continue reading

See You On The Other Side

See You On The Other Side

Meet Shaun Canon (real name Barrows). He “writes songs for Superheros”. In 2007, the Emmy-Nominated musician says he “discovered his ability to Sing, as well as transcend both Space and Time”. He’s been featured on soundtracks such as the Big Bang Theory, and collaborated with a lot of big names. Shaun is  a super talented musician from my hometown of Salt Lake City. He … Continue reading

Making Death A Part Of Life

Making Death A Part Of Life

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.” (Eccl. 3:1-2) I’m sharing more thoughts today in my ongoing fascination and exploration of the topic of death. Our Life – including our death – can … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

Originally posted on Odes and Oracles:
On December 5, 2014 the BYU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Rosalind Hall, released a special Christmas single as a free gift to the world. The single, “Come, Lord Jesus,” is part of a growing catalog of free hymns that the choir refers to as Set Apart – a fluid,…

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

This morning I attended the funeral service for my sister-in-law’s sweet mother. Karen passed away suddenly and her family deeply mourns her loss. But, through their tears is also an amazing strength of spirit and a “peace that surpasses all understanding”. Each of the siblings stood at the pulpit today and shared different tender and funny memories of their mother, but there … Continue reading

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

This week I’ve been blessed to think a lot about life and death and the meaning of things. I’ve been reminded we all have so much more potential than we really know, and there’s no better example of that than my cousin Mark. Everyone needs to know Mark! Today I’m going to share him with you, so that your life can be blessed and inspired too. Continue reading

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

The first time I can remember contemplating the idea of ending my life, I was eleven years old. I didn’t have a detailed exit plan. It was simply a strong feeling that the world would be a much better place if I wasn’t in it. The idea was shocking, terrifying and sad. “Why did I think that?” As the year progressed, more foreign little … Continue reading

Seasons

Seasons

One of my favorite things about living in Northern Utah is getting to experience four distinct seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer, and my favorite season of all…Fall. I have many fond memories of Fall seasons throughout my life; including meeting my husband in the Fall (at a Halloween party, actually), and we got engaged in the Fall … Continue reading

Birthdays and Death Days

Birthdays and Death Days

The last week of December always means a time for extra reflection on the past, the present and the future. With the New Year approaching, I join with millions across the globe to make resolutions to improve. But, the week carries a little extra importance for me. My oldest daughter and I celebrate our birthday’s this week. … Continue reading

Tragedy Or Destiny In Texas?

Tragedy Or Destiny In Texas?

It’s the worst nightmare any parent of a young Mormon missionary would have to face; learning your child who has dedicated two years of their lives away from home for church service will never return home. Last night, not just one, but two families received this devestating news. . . Continue reading