“He Will Wipe Every Tear From Their Eyes…”

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“…there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…”

Revelation 21:4

A few moments after I took this picture, the funeral home van drove away with her grandfather.

While I don’t know if she understands what has happened, in that moment, she seemed to be reflecting our faces, our hearts.

It has been two short days, but feels like two years.  I look at devastated faces and don’t know what to say.  I think about recent memories and don’t know how to choke back the tears yet again.

I had no intention of sitting in front of my computer, but in this age of technology, this is my photo album as well as journal.  With a click of a button I can see his face.

And when the pictures and memories and reality get too painful, I grab my babies and hold them longer than they want me too.

They have been hugged a lot these last two days.

So many of you have reached out and we are very thankful.  There are moments when I can actually feel the prayers washing over me… when I just know we are being covered in peace and love.

Thank you.

For those who have asked, here are the funeral arrangements.

The memorial service for Dennis Rettke will be next Friday, September 7th at Trinity Lutheran in

Boyceville, WI at 11am.

There will be a visitation on Thursday the 6th from 4-8pm also at Trinity Lutheran.

The address of the church is: 1039 Nordveien Dr.
Boyceville, WI 54725.


Thank you so much for your continued prayers.  I suspect it will be some time for before the true realization of this situation will hit us.


I hope you will forgive my insistence, but please let me encourage you to write that card… to hug that friend just a little longer… to call a loved one just because.






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  1. Tami Wesley says

    Oh Amanda this brought tears yet again! Thinking of you all often! Love and prayers! See you on Thursday.

  2. Lesley says

    Feel blessed that you had him in your lives – it sounds crazy but if you didn’t feel the pain then he wouldn’t have meant that much to you. This shows your love and I’m sure he’s knowing that right now.

  3. Katie B says

    I am truly sorry for your loss. This picture of your sweet little made me cry. Two months ago my 19 year old cousin drowned on vacation with his family. We don’t understand these sorrows, but can surely find comfort in the fact that they are in Heaven and we will see them again. May God comfort your husband’s family and you.

  4. says

    He DIED?!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What happened?
    You just think everyone will go on forever.
    This is so sad! I’m so glad I saw him a year ago. He looked completely fine!

    I am sosoo sorry. We are too young to be losing parents! This is not how it’s supposed to be! I am so sorry!

    I’m so glad you have Jesus’ peace and hope. Let me know if there is anything I can do. I am so SORRY!

  5. Lacey says

    Reading your post brings back the flood of emotions I felt when I lost my own father in 2006. I’m sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.

  6. Melissa says

    Amanda, I am so sorry for your loss. The picture is just a perfect illustration of the confusion and sorrow at that moment. My dad passed away very unexpectantly and my life changed in such a drastic way. But God was ever present and always faithful just as I know He is for you and your family. Again, so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.


  7. stephanie dove says

    Praying for you and your family,so sorry to hear of your loss what a heart breaking story, reminding me of how frail we are and to really keep celebrating every moment we are allowed to have and be good to those close to us and around us. God bless you and yours. Take care.


  8. Liz Parker says

    The pain of losing a parent is one that is indescribable. I still remember the feeling of utter despair, loss, anger, fury at the cancer that took my Dad while I as pregnant with his only granddaughter. Words are words and while they can bring comfort, the only thing that got me through was knowing, there are no goodbyes for those is Christ Jesus… Having that promise is what made it all bearable. The promise of eternal life and seeing loved ones who have gone before, keeps me close to the One who loves me more than anyone here on earth.

    I am so sorry for your loss. The loss your precious children are feeling, you and your Husband and siblings, but most of all, your mother-in-law. Watch her closely after all the fanfare has died down. It is then, in her quiet times that she will feel the most loss and need the most comfort from those she loves and most especially of those that loved her husband.

    I am praying for you, so very hard. Peace in this most confusing time and comfort where none seems possible.


  9. brenda says

    i am so sorry for your loss. It has been 6 yrs since our mother went Home and there are still challenges that bring onthe tears. Finding a beautiful butterfly in cloisonne that i jusy know she would be delighted to receive for Christmas brings it all back. We have decided to stop trying to get over it and just know that this is all part of our journey. We will all shed ur earth suits one day and be with our Heavenly Father. You can bet that we all speak with my father who survived Mom and had to adjust to having the reverse ofwhat he had planned for –that he would be the first to go as is usual.
    Hope you will be able to hug family friends and family that will be honoring your father. The hugs help more than any words.

  10. says

    So sorry for your families loss!! I was a pastor,and studied my Bible,all my life,from 12 years old.I can tell you right now,if he knew the Lord Jesuus Christ as a Saviour,he didn’t feel a thing,because the sting of death is gone,and his spirit went straight home.I can say there is no fear in dying also,because I have been so close to death,3 times (once for an hour and 15 minutes),I could only move my eyes),with heat strokes.There is no fear of dying,except for leaving those we left behind!! I do understand losing family and loved ones,since I am the only one of my family living,Mama,daddy,2 sisters and a former wife,are gone ahead,but I have kids,grandkids,and great grandkids left(very large family left with me.Again,”Very Sorry”!! He’s Happy !! Jim Whittington