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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: In Lieu of Flowers
By Brandi Roberts
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I was bombarded with flowers and little cards full of well-wishing sentiments. A memorial was set up at the scene of the crash, littering the side of the road with every kind of floral arrangement the gift shop could create. Every day, a new batch would come, driving me insane with its soft scents. As I dictated the arrangements for the funeral, more and more would flood into my home. Tiger lilies, carnations, roses and baby's breath - they covered the cabinets of our - my simple home. They sickened me. Every new scent drifting across the house provided me with just another reminder that my parents were dead.
When the funeral home requested that I write the obituaries, I acceded. I was the only one who could write an acceptable memorial to my parents' lives. I sat down at my kitchen table with pen in hand and began to write.
<i>It is with much regret that we announce the sudden passings of our beloved Richard & Elaine Cretch. They are survived by their daughter, Danielle, their parents, Thom & Rosa Cretch, and Edward & Helena Barringer. Richard & Elaine lived a full life. They found joy in the simple things, and hope in their faith. Married out of high school, they built their home and lives on the love of God. Both were employed in the mission field, and spent many years ministering to the homeless of the city. Our family would like to thank those who have lifted us up in prayer and have offered their condolences. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30th 11:00 am. at the Spring Haven Full Gospel Assembly. If you would like to show your support, in lieu of flowers, our family requests that a small donation be made to the Spring Haven Lost Sheep program.</i>
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