On June 28, 2014, excepting those who were physically unable, all of the Frost family, including our Canadian family, met to celebrate the lives of my father, Charles E. Frost, and my mother, Alma M. Frost (his beloved wife of 71 years). We met upon their land – in an area where they often worked to put up a winter’s supply of wood and to spend time enjoying the great pleasures of nature bestowed upon all of us by our creator. An honor guard was present and began the ceremony followed by a young bagpiper , Charles, playing ‘Anchors Aweigh’ (Dad served in the United States Navy during World War II). Introductions were made, followed by an opening prayer. A dear friend of Dad, Carolyn Cowan sang ‘Galway Bay’, a favorite of Dad’s. She was accompanied by the bagpiper. Their ashes were spread over the land they loved by my sister, Charlene and myself . A benediction was offered. Megan Prince blessed us with the playing of ‘Taps’
The second part of the ceremony began after the flags were retired. Many memories were offered by each member of the families. Tears of joy and remembrance flowed. I believe Mom & Dad were proud. This part of the ceremony was concluded by the playing of ‘Amazing Grace’ by the piper. All joined in led by Carolyn, Charlene and myself. Immediately following was the party that Mom & Dad had requested.
Love, friendship, food and proper libation flowed. All were treated to a very talented country /bluegrass duo by the name of ‘Gravel Road’, who added to the joyous occasion. Although they had agreed to play until 7 or 8 PM, they played until nearly midnight. Many of Dad’s poems were read during the evening. It was truly a joyous celebration.
Thank you Jesus, for the gift of Charles and Alma Frost. Thank you for all the wisdom and love that they gave, and continue to give, to each of us.