A few days later
Today was one of the hardest days of my life, Tess's memorial, because I actually had to accept that she was gone. My emotions were all over the place. I didn’t really know how to deal with everything that had happened in the past week.
We drove up to the church where the service was being held, and proceeded up to the doors. My family took a seat in the main room where the service was being held.
The service was very solemn; filled with all of her family, school friends, volleyball team, and many many others - it was packed, and I couldn’t help but feel happy to see that she was so loved by everyone. Tess managed to always put a smile on our faces.
The funeral came to a close with a tribute video made by one of her close friends. The video was very meaningful to me because I had contributed a small portion to it. I started to weep when my part came on, and I felt my Dad reach over to squeeze my hand.
I exited the building with an emotionless feeling inside. I still wasn't used to the fact that she was gone.
One year later, and I still miss her like crazy. If I could’ve changed that tragic day, I would’ve in a heartbeat. It’s times like these that really make you stop and think about all of the precious people you have in your life, because you never know when they’ll be unexpectedly taken from you.
I’ll always think of a quote from a favorite movie of mine, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. During a scene in the movie, Gandalf says to Pippin, ‘Death is just another path, one that we all must take’, which means that death isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning, and that what comes after death really isn't so bad after all.
I will never forget her, and I long for the day that we will be reunited once again.