For those who may not know me, I am [NAME] uncle. The fact that someone had to sit down and write a eulogy for a child seems unjust. To us, there is nothing quite as unfair as the death of a child. But here we are, gathered together to say goodbye to someone who was here so briefly. As I prepared to write a eulogy for our beautiful [NAME], I thought of my sister and her husband.
At first, I thought of the pain of their loss. Soon, however, my thoughts turned to the first time I saw them all together. I thought of how happy that baby made my sister and her husband. The joy that [NAME] brought to each of us is something that should be looked upon as a gift.
Was she taken from us much too soon? Absolutely, but truly how much time would have been enough? Anytime we are forced to live through the death of a loved one, we long for one more chance to talk to them, or one more chance to hold them.
The truth is that when we love someone, it is never enough time and being separated from those we love will always seem unfair.
There was something about [NAME] that brought a smile to the faces of all who knew her. She had such a friendly, bubbly and outgoing personality. She could strike up a conversation with a lady in the grocery line or the lunch lady at her school. She knew no strangers and she truly did touch the hearts of each of us who were blessed to have her in our lives for just a brief moment.
We say goodbye to the earthly version of [NAME] today, but not to her spirit. That will live on in every smile brought on by her memory and in the hearts of all of us who will love her until we go on to meet her in the next life.
There is no easy way to say goodbye to a child. There is no way to make it seem right, just, fair or easy. What we all must try to do during this difficult time is to focus on the joy she brought and on the gift that she was and realize that we wouldn’t trade those memories to relieve ourselves of the pain that we feel today at her loss.
We will miss much about her, but we know that she is now winning the hearts of the angels as she strikes up conversations with them while she waits for us to join her in that beautiful place.
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