Doing it before it’s too late

Kenneth McKenzie
Columnist

Last night I conducted a funeral service here at the mortuary chapel. The services were for a man who had died unexpectedly.
At his service, many family members, friends and neighbors stood up and shared a personal story or memory. It was then that I realized that this service was very similar to almost every service I have listened to during my 25 years in this industry. The similarity is clear: “I wish I would have called more often,” “I wish I would have told him that I loved him,” etc. We are all guilty of this. It is so true.
Why don’t we just tell our family and friends how we feel about them while they can hear it. I hope when these printed words are read by you today that you (we) each call two people that we have been meaning to check in with, and tell them how you (we) feel.

Kenneth McKenzie is the owner of McKenzie Mortuary in Long Beach

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