I took a vacation day tomorrow so we can travel to Alfred's memorial. The memorial services are Saturday, but he is being cremated and his ashes interred later when his mother can be present. Since she recently had double bypass surgery and is elderly and rather frail, she will not be able to attend the services (she is not expected to be discharged for several more days and she lives a 13 hour drive away from Alfred ).
David will be speaking at the services, as Al's closest friend, and this will be a difficult task for him. He is still very emotional (as expected) and feels the loss keenly.
It's hard for me to comfort him when there is nothing I can do to lessen the pain.
I would appreciate prayers for safe travels and peace for the family.