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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shauna Greening

Shauna Lee Greening: 11/15/1968 - 10/13/2009

Last week my step-aunt unexpectedly passed away. I didn't know her very well, as she was a private person, but I have to admit everytime she was around I would watch her. Not in a bad way though. I was always aware of her presence. She had an aura about herself. She had leadership characteristics ingrained in her.

My Grandpa and Grandma Judi asked Ashley, Auriel, and me to sing during the funeral service. We sang a beautiful arrangement of "Consider the Lilies". They asked my mom to accompany us, and she did an incredible job. This song has a special place in my soul because it was one of the musical pieces performed at Mercydez'es funeral. It is a beautiful song about hope, love, and truth.

Consider the lilies of the field,
How they grow, how they grow.
Consider the birds in the sky,
How they fly, how they fly.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky.
and he will feed those who trust him,
And guide them with his eye.

Consider the sheep of his fold;
How they follow where He leads.
Tho' the path may wind across the mountains,
He knows, the meadows where they feed.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky.
And He will feed those who love Him,
Andguide them with his eye.

Consider the sweet tender children,
Who must suffer on this earth.
The pains of all of them He carried
From the day of his birth.

He clothes the lillies of the field.
He feeds the lambs of his fold.
And He will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold.

He clothes the lillies of the field!
He feeds the lambs of his fold!
And He will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold.

There's obviously a lot of symbolism in this beautiful piece. The accompaniment is absolutely gorgeous as well.

I am so grateful to have the example of Shauna in my life. She lived for love and service. She knew who she was and wasn't ashamed of it...but she didn't flaunt it either. She...just was. I have appreciated that about her. Shauna has a sweet confidence about herself. I have always admired these qualities.

Shauna was a part of the "gay community", as some people put it. I don't mean that in an offensive way either. I say that with respect and love. I share this because this was a part of who she was. Like I said before, she lived for love and service. To those out there living the same lifestyle, let me say this. I have learned a lot. I have learned that people are people, regardless of their private lives. I have a respect for the human race...I learned this respect because of many things/experiences. Let me just say that Shauna is someone I respect. I don't claim to know her very well at all. But what I do know is that she is an outstanding individual. She has many accomplishments. She has many friends.

I still can't believe how incredible her funeral service was. The chapel was completely full and even the over-flow was full! The entire American Fork Police Department was in attendance, as was many of her friends, neighbors, loved ones, and I'm sure complete strangers who appreciate the service she did in their community.

The graveside ceremony was also beautiful. Because of her service with the police department, Taps was played, Amazing Grace was played with a bagpipe, an accounting of each of the American Fork Police Officers was called - with Shauna's name being the last called three times before relieving her from duty. There was also a police escort to the cemetary beforehand. It was incredible to see all her fellow officers in attendance, showing their love and admiration for one of their own. Shauna truly was service-oriented. It showed.

To my Grandpa and Grandma Judi, I love you. I love Shauna. I love that families are eternal. I love that there is a God. I love that there is a plan for all of us. I love that I know that Jesus Christ lived, died, and continues to live for us.

God bless you. God bless all those who knew, loved, and learned from Shauna.


soothie16 said...

Thank you for this nice tribute to your aunt, she definately was love by us all, and will be missed dearly, til we see her again.

Lacking Productivity said...

Shauna played a big part at the school that I work at, and many of the teachers have been sharing how fantastic she was. I wish I could have known her. My condolences to you all.