(Post below reprinted from the Grieving With Hope Facebook Page)
The world is reeling with the news of the death of Prince. The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation tweeted their condolences yesterday: “#RIPPrince The I-35W Bridge will reign purple tonight.”
The Eiffel Tower and the New Orleans Superdome also shone in purple.
WCCO TV – CBS Minnesota provided news coverage in the city of Minneapolis on an All-Night Dance Party in honor of Prince at First Ave. and 7th St.
Hearts are grieving for the loss of a great music icon. The death of a public figure like Prince sends the world spiraling, throwing grief into the limelight. Those of us who are all too familiar with the glare of grief nod our heads in understanding to these tributes. What a beautiful way to honor Prince’s great memory.
But what about our loved ones? They weren’t famous, they didn’t change the world, and their gifts and talents were only acknowledged by a few. We want the same honor and remembrance for our loved one that the world is doing for Prince.
Friends, it’s not about how big or famous one is. It’s not about how great a legacy our loved one left. It’s not about whether or not they changed the world.
The truth is this: Our loved one changed our world, our lives. Our loved one may not have lived large on the stage, but they lived large on our heart. While our loved one may not have touched thousands of people’s lives, they touched ours. The greatness of one’s life isn’t measured by the number of people it touches.
Our loved one rocked our world. They touched our life with the music of their soul in who they were. They, too, are beautifully remembered in the love we have for them. We honor our loved one’s memory best when we, also, light up our heart with remembrance.
Mom to Matt – Age 16, alive in heaven