All too often, we hear of another person, friend or loved one who has passed too soon because of the impact of addiction on their lives. Whether it be by opioid overdose and the fentanyl epidemic, a drunk driving accident or a myriad of other complications, these deaths are almost always unexpected to their parents, spouses or children. Because of the sudden nature of these deaths, many families are left totally unprepared to plan a funeral, much less pay for one.
This is where the Cody Jordon Forever - Funeral Fund does it’s work of rescue and recovery. All funds donated to this fund (minus IGO processing fees) will go to paying the funeral home for all or some of the funeral costs and burial expenses for a family who otherwise couldn’t afford it. These families are receiving grace from God that most people will never have to understand. Let’s be Jesus’ hands and feet, carrying some of that grace to them in their time of need.
Cody Jordan passed in early 2020 and was the husband of Emily
Blan Jordan. Emily became a friend of mine in 2005 and was the first
person to minister the grace of Jesus to me while I was buried in
drug addiction. I credit her for the initial spark that led me on the road
to salvation in Jesus Christ. As families are helped by the Cody Jordan Forever – Funeral Fund’, Emily will be in contact with those families, helping them find God’s grace in their loss.
Here’s a note from Emily:
May 19, 2020 my life changed, forever. Being notified of my husband's death brought on a flood of emotions that I would not wish on anyone. Yet, I know family members receive calls with devastating news of loss due to the consequences addiction frequently these days.
Over the months leading to my husband's death I watched him grapple with this disease of addiction. I watched him plead with God to take it away. I watched it destroy him mentally and emotionally before it took him from me physically. The Bible tells us that the Devil is here to kill, steal and destroy....I watched it happen. So often I felt helpless. But, God never fails.
May 19, 2020 isn't the only day that changed my life forever. The day I met Jesus and made Him my Lord has eternally changed my course. God has seen me through every storm, including the death of my husband. Immediately following Cody's death I clung to Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Unexpected, sudden grief of a close loved one is the most challenging thing I have encountered in this life. At times, especially in the beginning it can feel extremely overwhelming. There are days that everything will remind you of the one you have lost. I found much of my identity was intertwined with my role as a wife and stepmother; I literally lost parts of myself along with him. My faith in God, that he is in control and working all things for my good, is what gets me through.
Though my husband's life ended that day in May, his legacy did not. I cherish our memories and strive to honor him in different ways since he is no longer here. Cody had the biggest heart and never met a stranger. He would always help those in need in whatever way he could. It is an honor to be able to carry on his loving spirit through the Cody Jordan Forever- Funeral Fund.