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Reverend Irene Ford-Smith, Author of 'Some Glad Morning' Talks Covid-19 Vaccination & Compassion
"As an ordained minister charged with conducting eulogies my heart aches, because I see the suffering, the emotional turmoil, inflicted by Covid. The first thing I did was to pray for guidance and then I took the vaccination."
By: VMH Publishing
"As an ordained minister charged with conducting eulogies my heart aches because I see the suffering, the emotional turmoil, inflicted by Covid. Conducting home goings or funeral services at the gravesite with no more than 5 to 10 people socially distancing, seeing a spouse with no one able to sit close to comfort them, having to ask friends who have come to support the family to leave because the number of attendees extended the state mandate is heart breaking. I ask myself what can I do and hopefully everyone watching will ask themselves the same question," shared Reverend Smith.
Reverend Smith, is author of the newly released 'Some Glad Morning', and host of Generationally Speaking which airs on the Now Network and Generationally Speaking YouTube channel. Within her new memoir, she writes from her experiences as an eulogist that compels the reader to travel her journey of heartbreak, laughter, and lessons learned.
In Chapter 12 of 'Some Glad Morning' she writes about the heartbreak of conduction COVID funeral services:.
'I recalled doing my first Covid home going service at the graveside, and it was heartbreaking. There were only five family members present. They all stood six feet apart and wore masks and gloves. At the gravesite, there is no podium, no microphone, no choir. None of the familiar. The manuscript I was accustomed to using was no longer available. At the gravesite, I stood before the family preaching from the reserve God had deposited in me.
With Covid, I usually do not have the opportunity to meet the family in person. Often, I don't receive the program until I arrive at the funeral home. I have eulogized so many individuals;
Through Covid, I have learned the importance of human touch, comfort, celebration, and of communicating love.
To learn more about Reverend Smith visit www.generationallyspeaking.tv or YouTube: Generationally Speaking Irene Smith.
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