Well today I had a first experience. I got to dress a woman who had passed away. The family had requested that I do it… apparently she had requested it before she died. I didn’t realize I had left such a lasting impression on her. I was very honoured but I have to admit it was the most difficult thing I have ever done. Well maybe not THE most difficult but definitely right up there with leaving a child at the MTC. Being the perfectionist that I am, it took me forever to get things just right. I kept thinking of how I would want my clothes on. I am sure the funeral home staff must have wondered who I was talking to as they could hear me rambling on but it made it less “freaky” if I kept on a conversation like she could actually answer back.
It’s not an experience I want to repeat any time soon let me tell you but it has made me change a few things in my “to do” list of things that I want done when I die. I know that the Spirit leaves the body when a person dies but I have to wonder if It hangs around the actual body cause I would swear I felt her near and around me, comforting me like I was the one that this had happened to. Any thoughts?