Thursday, June 26, 2008

Update regarding memorial arrangements

Dear Friends,

The abundance of your calls, cards and visits have truly been overwhelmingly helpful for our family.

The kind expressions bring to mind the words of wise King Solomon at Proverbs 16:24 where he wrote "Pleasant sayings are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and a healing to the bones"

As a family we have discussed at length what arrangements should be made regarding a memorial service for my mother. Due to the unique nature of the situation, and the fact that we would prefer to have my father here for the service, we will be waiting until he is able to join us here in late August.

Daniel, Erica, Cristy, and myself are making plans to fly out on July 24th to be with our family. We are planning a small family service on August 2nd in Saaksmaki, Finland. This is the village where my Mummo lives, the place my mother grew up, as well as the place she met and married my Father. Needless to say, the place carries much meaning for our family.

We will be staying in Finland through August 21st upon which we'll return and bring my father back with us for a few months.

At this moment we do not have a date set for a US memorial service, but it will be shortly after we return from Finland. We realize that this puts the memorial service tentatively 2 months out from now and we thank you so much for understanding and supporting our family's decision in this regards.

I will continue to post any pertinent updates to this site as details are made or as I get any information.

Once again, our entire family thanks you for the kindness that has been displayed to all of us. The Apostle Paul's words at 1 Thessalonians 5:11 where he told the congregation, "Therefore keep comforting one another and building one another up, just as you are in fact doing." are definitely something that we are experiencing firsthand.

With much love,
Niclas and the entire Willems Family


Chris said...

Hearing this news today really broke our hearts. Please send our love to your father and the rest of the family. We love you all. - Chris and Elizabeth Mundus

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us updated with your family's plans. Phillip and I want to hug all of you and we look forward to doing so in August. Last week our lesson in the Revelation Climax book was very touching and comforting to us. The artwork depicting the resurrection really touched us more this time because we saw Jorg, Alex, Niclas and Daniel with Kati in that picture and I'm sure that your family did too. We love you all and look forward with confidence to the time when that resurrection is a reality. Again, we love you and look forward to seeing you in August if not before.

Theresa and Phillip Combs

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you and your family know that you're in my prayers. I know that you are going through a difficult time so if there is anything that I can do for you don't hesitate to ask.

Danisa Shavers