Monday, November 18, 2013

Rest in Peace

James Louis Lloyd
February 5, 1957 - November 18, 2013 

Never have the words "rest in peace" meant so much. 
Jim was my older brother by 2 years. 
We all felt the passing of our mom, but Jim never seemed to get over it. 
He wrestled with that pain off and on for years to great cost. 
Jim has been very sick for the past few years and today his body succumbed to cancer but he was finally reunited with our mom and dad. 
I believe he is up to his old tricks. He is displaying sarcasm and wit and he's once again his mischievous self. 
The painful effects of his life cannot be undone but I know that God does bring beauty from ashes and that there is beauty in his complete healing - physically, spiritually and emotionally. 
He is probably relaying to mom and dad all that they have missed with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
"When we all get to heaven?" 
We will get on a bus and go to a Mets game.
We will fish in a reservoir.
We will go camping in the Catskills and we'll light the campfire with our dry wit.
We will all put on our red footy p.j.s and wait for Santa.
We'll climb into the stagecoach and ride into the sunset.
We will wear tennis shoes in Lake Sinissippi.
We'll have pork chops and applesauce for dinner.
"If I hear somebody say "moving forward" one more time they are going to get a Skilsaw to the head."
Oh Jim, I love you so.
 Love you forever.
Rest in Peace, brother, REST IN PEACE! 


  1. So sorry for your loss. I lost my sister 2 years ago. I try to keep in mind how she's now free of all pain and living it up with my grandparents and others in heaven waiting for the day we'll be reunited.


  2. I'm so sorry for your loss, Katie. You have written such a beautiful tribute.

  3. Katie, I too am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. Yes, you WILL reunited one day and it will be a glorious reunion. Prayers for you and your family.
    Blessings, Ginger

  4. Katie-
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can tell by your wit and cheekiness of your eulogy that you had a wonderful relationship with your brother and your family. Some families are stoic and sad...and some remember the good and fun times in which to help them cope. I am like you. I prefer to remember the sarcasm, wit and banter between family members...It is that part of them that helps me connect and not hold onto them, but let them go and rest in peace. It is what helps me also, to rest in peace. My prayer is that.
    As you remember your beloved brother...that his good memories help you to rest in peace. ~ Pat

  5. Katie. I am so sorry to hear the passing of your brother. Losing a loved one like this is so painful, but having him in your life, however short it was, will always be in your heart. Double hugs, Diane

  6. Painfully beautiful, Katie. So sorry for his suffering and the loss to your family. Praying peace for all of you.