Open Forum: ‘The Meaning of Life’

Posted: November 16, 2013

“Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch.”

— “Remember Me,” by Robert Pattinson

Although Emily Susanne Theresa Jerome-Lloyd succumbed to cancer on Sept. 29, her tenacity and courage, intrinsic values, charm, grace, community service, good heart, sense of humor, and compassion are truly etched permanently in our hearts.

Knowing her parents, Jeff and Anna, since their sojourn to Winchester from Watertown, N.Y., more than 30 years ago, was fortuitous not only for myself, but many in the area. Jeff and Anna exemplified the care and love that a family needs, and reinforced these values onto the children (including son, Jeffrey Francis).

For her father’s birthday, Emily created a foreshadowing video titled “The Meaning of Life” that poignantly depicted people from all demographics and walks of life. From rich to poor, educated or illiterate, long hair or short, introverted or extroverted, happy or sad, everyone is “in this thing together.” Emily was well beyond her years with her insight and wisdom, and a microcosm of “the good earth.” She echoed and accentuated the true meaning of life — peace, love, hope, and happiness!

We question why children are taken so young and with so much yet to contribute. However, in the 27 years of Emily’s life, she had a significant impact on many, and shared a lesson that we must practice in everyday life — live with, accept, and love one another.

Perhaps Kristen Chenoweth’s song, “Borrowed Angels,” can offer solace and provide some understanding:

“The world’s a little richer, just cause they came along.

“Their love goes on and on, so why do they go so soon?

“The ones with souls so beautiful. I heard someone say —

“There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life.

“They come along, into this world, and make this world bright

“They can’t stay forever, cause they’re heaven sent

“And sometimes, heaven needs them back again.”

An affinity and love for life is Emily’s legacy. She would want us to rejoice in her life, and reach out with love and support for each other and for her daughter, Atalie Hope, and her husband, Shane Michael Lloyd.

Truly, the world is a better place knowing Emily, as she now flies with the angels. So let us seek comfort and hope in the Sciptures: “But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God’” (Luke 18:16).

Doug Strosnider is a resident of Winchester.