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There is a dearth friendship in our culture. Despite being increasingly connected online, there is much research that points to the scarcity of personal friendships as one of society’s main ails. People are mobile and often raise their children in several cities throughout their life, making “old friends” an antiquated phrase.
Last week I attended a funeral for a woman in our church. One of the eulogies was given by a friend of hers—in fact, they have been friends for sixty years. Their friendship started when they were two years old, and continued despite their parent’s divorces, relocation, and their own marriages and families. In fact, they moved to separate cities when they were nine and yet continued to meet monthly, all the way until college.
Friend - Eulogy - Course - Relationship - Patti
At the funeral, this friend gave a surprising eulogy. She, of course, talked about how much she will miss her relationship with Patti, but then she turned her attention to the congregation and gave us three lessons her friendship had taught her about how to be a lifelong friend.
Because of how unusual this kind of friendship is, this arrested my attention. Because of how unusual this kind of eulogy is, and how helpful I found it, I want to pass her lessons along to you today.
Elements - Friendship
Here are her 3 critical elements of a lifelong friendship:
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