I'm in a little funk today, since today is the 24th anniversary of my grandfather's loosing his battle with cancer.
My grandfather was born in Norway, but came over to the United States when he was about a month old. He lived his life in honor, respect, kindness and showed love to all. I only saw him mad one time. He taught me about my Viking Heritage, including giving me a Thor's Hammer, which I have proudly worn since I was 12 years old. Teri has his Thor's Hammer that he wore his entire life, which is passed down to the oldest grandson, me.
Each anniversary, my nephew and I go to my father's graveside and remember grandpa. We chant a viking prayer in Norwegian to remember the great man! In rough translation, part of it states, I do not mourn your death, but celebrate the victories that you fought for. In life, you fought with honor and in death you shine brighter than the North Sun. I shall see you in Valhala again, and we drink together!. Skol Papa!
I came across the Viking Death Prayer from the 13th Warrior, which seemed appropriate as we go to his final resting place.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-cHVI_UBMs&feature=related"]YouTube - Viking Death Prayer[/ame]