Filed under: church, family, friends, Minnesota, South Africa | Tags: children, funeral, HIV/AIDS, Minnesota, South Africa
This week has got me thinking funerals.
My Uncle Ernest died after a long battle with cancer. I’ll be at his funeral this Saturday.
A local businessman died in an accident yesterday. If his funeral doesn’t conflict with my Uncles, I’ll be there.
Both of those men lived full active lives and will have families to sent them off. In South Africa, 20% of the people between 18 and 50 have HIV/AIDS. We saw lots of fresh graves when we were visiting. Pastors seemed to be doing funerals for young folks every Saturday.
To lose someone you love is never easy. Many young people in South Africa go off to the city to get a job, and come back with HIV/AIDS. Seeing the grandmothers in South Africa raising their grandchildren because of HIV/AIDS was not easy.
Thinking of funerals is never easy for me. It is really difficult when young people are laid to rest.