SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– From many of the guests wearing white, to a balloon release, an energetic song, and praise dancing, much of this funeral felt less like bereavement and more like a celebration.
The programs for today’s service even said ‘Celebrating Life’ across the top.
The man and children buried today were the husband and three children of Tia Coleman, a woman we here at KOLR 10 spoke to last week.
You might remember Tia lost nine members of her family when the duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake.
Today it was that loss that many people reminded Tia she could handle.
From enthusiastic reminders to put her problems in God’s hands from service leader Nicole Starks, to her employer, and prosecutor of Marion County in Indiana, Terry Curry– reminding her bad things shouldn’t happen to good people.
“You want to know why we can dance in the midst of sorrow,” Starks asked the crowd. “You want to know why we can have joy, hallelujah, in the time of sadness? It’s because we have put it in his hands, hallelujah. We have put it in his hands. Hallelujah.”
“The age-old question is why bad things happen to good persons. And to that question, I readily admit… I do not know the answer to that question,” Curry said. “What I do know for certain. Is that Tia is a good person. She is a gentle and wonderful young woman.”
Tia and the other four members of this immediate family often referred to themselves as ‘The Great Colemans,’ as the first letter of each of their names can be arranged to spell the word.