There was nothing somber about this event. It was the joyful celebration of a life well lived, superbly lived. Everyone who shared their experience with Dave felt personally seen, heard, understood and loved by him. He was able to respond not only to what you said to him, but what you were unable to express as well. Can you imagine how affirming that was for others? Dave was also one of the most "surrendered" persons I have ever met. He knew and accepted himself at a very deep level, which allowed him to surrender to whatever life and other people placed in his path.
It is impossible not to reflect on your own life when the evidence of such superb living is presented to you. It encourages self evaluation, and the determination to live larger in every conceivable way.
It starkly reminds you that when your breath has left your body, you lie helpless before the judgement of those your life took place among. The reaction to your "passing" is a clear reflection of how you got there, what you did and said, the way you conducted yourself. One word pretty much sums it up--love. How well did you love?
I am determined to be ever more mindful of how I interact with those around me. Thank you, Dave. Again.