March 5th, 2016 Elyshka Performed services for Surepaw McGraw in the Queen’s chambers of Maldura. The following is a transcript of the event.
Thank you friends for joining us here today, although I’m sure most of us wish we were gathering in celebration rather than in mourning.
We come together this night to pay honor and tribute to a fallen Norrathian, a beloved husband, and a steadfast friend, Surepaw McGraw.
I know that there is nothing that can be said which will ease your pain, as only time can do that. Know that our hearts and thoughts are with you, Missy, and with all of those who knew and loved Surepaw. It is our hope that our togetherness will help make the burden of your sorrow feel just a bit lighter and easier to carry.
Our lives are a rich and glorious tapestry, and the threads which hold that tapestry together are the ones that are given to us by those whom we encounter during our journey. We weave those precious moments into the fabric of our very existence, and clutch it tightly around us when we feel lost and insecure.
It is said that one never knows the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Every moment that you shared with Surepaw was a gift from him to you. Every time he made you laugh, or think, or even feel angry, he wove a bit of himself into the tapestry that is your life.
The great bard, Rune Lazuli, once said that “Each tear is a poet, a healer, a teacher”, and I believe that to be true.
Be not ashamed to shed a tear for your fallen friend, for each drop that falls is a salve which eases the pain of your heart. Let it soothe and comfort you, until the ache is just a little bit less than it was before. Every teardrop serves as a tangible reminder of the depth of your love and respect for your partner, your friend, and your ally.
What defines us is how well we rise after falling. The loss of Surepaw may feel as though you’ve fallen into a cavern of despair.
With time, and the comfort of loved ones, you will rise once more and lift the torch of his memory high enough so that it shines bright enough for all to see.
When those closest to him speak of Surepaw, they are quick to speak of how very clever he was and how he could often see strategy in ways that had never been thought of before. Going forward, share with others the wisdom that he gained in his life, so that they too may carry on such knowledge.
Share your memories with those who did not have the pleasure of meeting him while he still walked this path with us, so that they too may feel the warmth of his kindness and know the mirth of his ribald sense of humor.
Carry on his traditions of good cheer and generosity of spirit with all whom you meet, so that a bit of him still carries on in this world.
Something will grow from all you are going through, and that something will be you. You will be changed because of this, and the memory of Surepaw’s love and admiration will make you stronger.
The love that you all have for Surepaw is plain for all to see. Live a life of laughter and joy, for that should be Surepaw’s legacy.