The leading General Authority, who presided the meeting, gave a great talk, but there was something he said that bugged me.
What did he say?
I know I probably don't have this entirely correct.
"For those who have been married, your marriage is over, whether it be by divorce or death."
Divorce I get, but death? To some degree, he is correct, but to some degree, he is very wrong.
The majority of marriages on this earth are deemed "till death do you part".
In the Temple, however, marriages are for time and eternity.
When death occurs, yes, the time part of the marriage is over. The widow is declared by the Church to be single, as they are no longer part of a mortally living couple.
The problem is, many people take this to mean that the eternal part of the marriage is also over. They are wrong.
The most amazing experiences for me, spiritually, have occurred since my husband's death. This is because a sealed marriage has it's power through the Holy Priesthood. This priesthood doesn't die. It's not yet another earthly possession to discard after someone dies. Because of this, the connection between the spouses still exists. I have experienced this firsthand. My husband, who is very busy on the other side of the veil, does still connect with me, particularly during the quiet times of my days and nights, as well as in my dreams.
He is still very much my husband, my eternal companion, and the father who is watching over our children who are with him on the other side of the veil.
So, for my widow buddies who are being told their marriages are over, tell the brother or sister in the gospel who say this that they are suffering from near-sightedness.