Dear Paul, Maria, and Fran,
As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community as you celebrate the life of your mother and deal with the loss of her physical presence in your lives.
The description in your mother’s obituary as a “wonderful mother, grandmother.who was a compassionate loving person offering kindness to anyone she met,” reminded me of an adaptation of a reading from the book of Sirach.
“Let us praise an illustrious woman,
faithful to her family and friends, strong in her love.
At peace in her heart and her world,
she has left us her good name, and we recount her life of praiseworthy deeds.
A generous woman her good works will never be forgotten.
Among her family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of her.
Her name lives on from generation to generation.
We gather to sing her praises.
We will proclaim her wisdom and love of life all our days.”
Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief, with your sadness amplified by the contrast of the holiday festivities surrounding you. We pray for you as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate your mom and the love you shared.
May memories of your mother comfort you.
May the knowledge your mother lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!
Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need!
Judith Wampach Amberg - Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus