Sunday, November 27, 2011


Jack Richard Lane

My sweet grandpa Lane passed away last week.  We were fortunate to be able to find tickets to get us to Utah in time to be with family during the viewing and funeral, as well as Thanksgiving.  

The funeral was such a nice tribute to the gap-toothed man who healed many and sacrificed much for his family.  Grandpa always made me laugh -- whether he was checking the alignment of my hips or cursing at one of his many "damn dogs."  While giving adjustments, he was known to say, "Take a deep breath. Now blow it out your ears."  He was a dapper man, always dressing to the nines.  He always said what was on his mind, and was always so excited to see or hear from his grandchildren.  I am lucky to have a grandpa like him.  

His one request was to have someone sing the song, "On a Clear Day" at his funeral.  I had never heard the song before, but a trio of women from my street pulled together a beautiful, beautiful rendition of the song.  

On a clear day
Rise and look around you
And you'll see who you are.

On a clear day
How it will astound you
That the glow of your being
Outshines every star.

You'll feel part of every mountain, sea and shore
You can hear
From far and near
A word you've never, never heard before...

And on a clear day...
On a clear day...
You can see forever...
And ever
And ever
And ever more.

The song was the perfect way to show how sensitive, kind and thoughtful Grandpa was.

W is becoming more and more aware of feelings and emotions.  It was so sweet to see him react to and console me and others who were sad during this time.  It's amazing how much he can understand and how kindly he can empathize with and comfort.  

I am happy my grandpa is no longer struggling so hard to live, and instead enjoying the eternal progression of things in heaven with his deceased daughter Kathy and other loved ones who had passed away.  I know I will see him again some day, and I am thankful to have the knowledge of life continuing after we leave this earth.  

Love you, Grandpa.  


Lizbeth said...

Love this. Made me cry.

Megan and Ben said...

I will miss him so much. Feel so lucky we had so much time with him growing up...those damn piss ants!