In my February blog post I thanked several people whose gestures had an impact on my writing career. One of those I thanked was my dear friend, Bunnie Dickhaus. Ten days after that post went up, Bunnie was tragically killed in a car accident. I wish I had made sure she saw that thank you.
Bunnie and I had been friends for over 40 years. We had been in card club together, taken trips together, bowled together, spent several anniversaries and holidays together. Our husbands were good friends and our kids grew up together. Losing her is difficult for us.
Bunnie’s daughter asked if I would write something to be read at her mother’s funeral, and I was honored to be entrusted to pay this final tribute to my friend. I wrote it as a prayer, and I share it with you now.
We thank you, Lord, for giving us
The gift of our dear Bunnie,
Her sharing heart, infectious laugh,
Her stories sad and funny.
This faithful and devoted wife,
This loving, caring mother,
Our loyal, cheering, helpful friend
Encouraged like no other.
She shared so much with everyone
From food she liked to cook
To joyful songs, or silly jokes,
Or an intriguing book.
A casual phrase could cue a song.
I hope she will inspire
You to find a special place for her
Among your angels’ choir.
She dealt with pain and overcame.
Her faith in You was strong.
Lord, welcome her into Your home.
She surely does belong.
Please give us strength to carry on.
We’ll try to do our best
We’ll treasure all our memories.
We have been truly blessed.
It’s hard to say this last farewell.
We know we’ll meet again.
Take care of her for all of us
And grant her peace. Amen.