Everyone at work has been bustling about cleaning and preparing for Saturday’s services. We’re expecting somewhere between 300 and 1000 people, nobody knows exactly how many. Try planning a party with those vague numbers.
The phone has not stopped ringing all week; media, friends, business partners… all sending condolences, asking questions, seeking comfort. The tears are not falling yet, there’s too much to attend to first. But just wait until Saturday. Then the flood gates will break open. It is interesting to observe everyone dealing with the grief in their own ways. Some have retreated, busying themselves in their own work so as not to think too much about the lost life. Some are curt and abrasive, too embarrassed or afraid to show any emotion. Most move through their days as if not much has changed. Most feel relieved that any suffering has ended.
All will come on Saturday, all will share food, wine, stories, laughter and tears.