Firefighter William Grant was laid to rest today. It was a gloomy day but it did not stop people from crowding around on the opposite side of the cemetery to try to get a last glimpse of a hero. Grant was a 44 years old father of three and loving husband to Sharon Grant. Hundreds of friends, family and co workers showed to give there respects to the more than 20 year vet firefighter. According to reports Williams was on his way to a call Friday. He was riding in the rear cab of Ladder 51 with lights and siren on. Even with these warnings an empty school bus was unable to stop in time. It pushed the fire truck over to its side killing William Grant and injuring three other firefighters. The other Firefighters were Jerry Cambria, 48, Terrance McSwain, 37, and James Bigoness, 48.
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Now, I’ll bet you’re asking yourself how did I notice all that in just a casual walking by someone on a sidewalk. But believe me when I tell you, that image is literally burned into my brain.
DON’T be afraid of having a laugh. There is no written rule that says you cannot remember the departed with a funny anecdote or a shared story or two. While pealing off into raucous laughter may not be ideal, there is no reason you shouldn’t talk about the deceased in a happy, positive tone.
TODD: It’s really scary and you’ve told me in the past that you feel you’ve grown closer to your family. I hope that it’s not because you’re more worried. Maybe it’s that you’re more conscious.
If you have environmental concerns you should ask your funeral director about the chemicals as they go back into the earth if someone is buried. They will be able to give you clear advice. They may have other recommendations about “green funerals”.