Edit: Thank you all for all of your kind comments, well wishes and prayers!
It’s been a rough couple of days. A lot of work (tradeshow), meeting with my accountant. This time of the year wears me down. However, far worse and very sad was the passing of a friend. I am having a hard time keeping up.
One of my brother’s very best friends (and my friend as well) passed away this week suddenly from an aneurysm. His viewing was this evening. Howie was a Buddhist so it was a different sort of ceremony from others I have been to. Although, I didn’t understand exactly what was taking place, it was very beautiful and definitely a celebration of Howies life.
We were given a blessing when we arrived ~ a small envelope with Chinese writing on it. The young man who gave it to us, thanked us for coming and gave us each the blessing. My brother opened his as soon as we started our drive home. The envelope contained a candy and a coin. I wondered out loud if we should save them or eat/spend them, thinking maybe it would be wrong to eat/spend them or if we were meant to … hmmm! I want to save mine, to remember Howie, but my brother ate his candy and is going to spend his coin on something Howie would have liked. Does anyone have any idea what ‘etiquette’ is for this? I don’t want to save Howies blessing to me if I am supposed to use it.
Howie you were kind and generous! I will (do) miss you.
A have safe weekend. Cherish your friends and family.