S: My Dear Aunt Ana's Funeral
FC: It's time to say our good bye | My Aunt Ana's Funeral
1: Rustom C. Lopez | End of the Year Project | World History 1 | "Point" to a World Religion | Made By:
2: Entry 1 | I started my Sunday morning bright and early to go to the early mass in the church. The priest in the church was really nice. This Sunday he preached us about faith in God and to be strong. His teaching inspires many people and also put little kids to sleep. In the church we also eat a piece of bread signifying our faith to Christ. After that my family and i started traveling to New York to go sight seeing and visit our Aunt Ana. | September 9, 2001
3: Entry 2 | Before starting our trip we prayed to god to keep us safe on our way. It was a long drive but it was not boring as I imagined. We stop a couple of times to eat, use the bathroom and just rest or stretch. It was late afternoon when we arrive at my Aunt's lovely house. My Aunt was very nice she showed us her house and the room where we will stay. After that we were ready to eat dinner. As usual, we prayed first before eating. We thank God for the food serve at us. Everyone was excited because tomorrow we will start touring New York. Before sleeping I prayed to God like the rest of my family does every night. | September 10, 2011
4: Since we slept early last night, I woke up early in the morning around 5:30. My mom and dad were already awake drinking coffee and chatting about our plans today. My aunt Ana already left to work. I don’t exactly know what her job is but I recall form last night’s chat in the dinner table that she works in Word Trade Center. She works very high in the South Tower, it was somewhere on floor 83. She will be back around two in the afternoon and told us that we will be going on a fancy dinner and it will be her treat. I was excited about the thought of touring around New York with my Aunt Ana. | All that excitement turns to emptiness and sorrow around ten. It all started when I turned on the TV. “Two Plane crashed on World Trade Center” was all over the news. After seeing the TV, my mom’s face turned red when she realized that my aunt works there. She immediately reaches the phone to call my aunt but she got nothing in return. My mom started crying for an hour or more. Then finally, my uncle suggested going to the World Trade Center and checks the hospitals to find Aunt Ana. We waited inside the house watching the TV to know more what was happening. It was late at night when my uncle and mom return. They have no news about my aunt. Everyone was talking in the living room about what will happen now and also praying for my Aunt’s safety. I went in my room to pray for my Aunt and went to sleep. | September 11, 2011 | Entry 3
5: September 11, 2001 World Trade Center
6: My Wednesday morning was horrific. The house was quiet when I woke up except for the sounds coming out of the TV. My mom is still worried about my aunt. Everyone was watching the TV when I came to the living room. The newscaster is talking about the two plane crashes on the World Trade Center. There are more than 400 deaths and more than a thousand missing body. The police still didn’t inform us about my Aunt so my mom is still praying for her safety. After watching the TV we ate breakfast. As always, we prayed first before eating. While eating my mom suggested that we should get back home since it is dangerous in New York right now. We packed up and left around 10:00. I said my good byes to my uncle and so did my dad. Our trip back was very quiet; no one talked until we were home. We arrived back home late afternoon, almost night. After eating dinner my mom prayed on our little altar inside our house. We continue to watch the TV to know more what was happening. Then I went to sleep at my room around nine. | Entry 4 | September 12, 2001
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8: September 13, 2001 | Entry 5 | This was a normal day nothing happened. We got no news about my aunt. My uncle didn’t call us yet. This day was pretty normal except from the sadness lurking around our house. All we did was watched TV, eat meals, do daily chores and contacted some of my relatives. We told them about what happen to the Twin Tower even though they already knew. This Thursday was spent mostly from praying for my aunt’s safety and talking to more relatives.
9: September 14, 2001 | Entry 6 | It was afternoon when my uncle finally called us. He told us that he found aunt Ana. Her dead body was identified but it was burned. This news shattered my mom’s hope that she was safe. Immediately after the call, my mom decided that we should go back to New York to see aunt Ana. My mom wanted to go now but my dad had to explain that driving at night could be dangerous especially that he doesn’t have a very clear eye sight at dark. So it was settled, we are going back to New York first thing tomorrow.
10: September 15, 2001 | entry 7 | I woke up early today to get ready for our trip back to New York. The trip was like 1, 2 and 3. First, as always, we prayed for our safety. Second, I went in the car. Then I went to sleep. When I woke up we were in New York, easy trip. The first thing we did was go to my uncle’s house. My mom and uncle talked while we ate lunch. My mom told us that we will be staying in New York for a couple of days so they can plan Aunt Ana’s funeral. | september 16-18 | Our stay in New York was like the trip we planned in the first time except from the sadness. My mom, dad, and uncle were busy planning but not us, kids. My two brothers and I roamed around New York since there is nothing to do. We visit few places and saw the mess that happened in the Twin Tower. That was all we did for three day. Our relatives were also gathering in New York; some in apartments and some stay at my uncle with us.
11: September 19, 2001 | entry 8 | The funeral started today. We went in the funeral house about eight in the morning. Many people died in the Twin Tower so the funeral house was packed even this early. We entered a room where I saw my aunt’s picture in the middle and a coffin. The room was beautiful, there were flowers and candles. We sit there for about an hour. Relatives, friends and people I haven’t met were coming in the room. The priest comes in after about 30 minutes of waiting. People behind him were holding candles, flowers, holy water and a big cross. The priest talked for about thirty minutes. He talked about my aunt and the she is in a better place. After that, relatives come in the front talking about how great my aunt is and also their goodbyes. My mom went in the front of the room as well to say her eulogy. She cried while saying it. After the viewing we went straight home. It was in the same afternoon where they buried my aunt. We didn’t attend it because my mom was tired.
12: Christians view death as another step in our pilgrimage. It is the occasion when those who die in the Lord move from this world to the realm of life eternal lived with the Lord, where death, loss, mourning, crying and pain no longer exist
13: Life after | Holidays, Event, etc | Every year we go to the cemetery to visit her and clean her tombstone. We stay there for hour to pray and talked about her. We do do every November. | We also host a gathering at our house to pray for her every year on September 11, the day she died.
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15: BOOKs | Title Orthodox Christians in America: a short history Religion in American Life Author John H. Erickson Edition illustrated Publisher Oxford University Press, 2007 Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Jul 9, 2009 ISBN 019533308X, 9780195333084