While the music community mourned the loss of Glen Campbell earlier this month, it was only fitting that the country legend be remembered during a formal memorial service at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Aug. 24.

During the service, Campbell's wife Kim read a heartfelt eulogy for her late husband, saying that she hoped to share the "real Glen" with those in attendance.

"There were no secrets with Glen," she told those who gathered to pay their respects. "He was the real deal all the time. Glen was open and honest about his struggles and humbly gave God all the glory for turning his life around."

Kim's eulogy put the recent Solar Eclipse in Nashville into perspective as she compared watching one of nature's miracles to teaching her to move on after the death of her husband of 34 years.

"In the weeks since, I’ve been searching for that new light to emerge from the other side," she explained.

I’d like to be able to share the ‘real Glen’ with you – the one you’ve never seen or heard before – and tell you secrets about his personality and his quirks, but I can’t. There were no secrets with Glen. He was the real deal all the time. Glen was open and honest about his struggles and humbly gave God all the glory for turning his life around. You’ll notice in any video you see of Glen singing ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ that he never failed to point towards heaven when he sang the line, ‘I want to be where the light is shining on me.’

A few days ago, I put on protective glasses to watch the eclipse. It was disorienting. Everything was so dark. I felt like I had suddenly gone blind. But when I gazed up at the sun, I could still feel its warmth and see its soft glow through the lenses.

Then I noticed a little sliver of pure darkness begin to cover the light.

When I took off my glasses temporarily, everything around me looked fairly normal. The change was very subtle. Almost unnoticeable at first.

But each time I looked at the sun, I could see the darkness spreading, growing, and blacking out the light just a little bit more.

The sun was still there.. and still shining..but it wasn’t as radiant as usual.
It was surreal. A strange feeling of fear and sadness washed over me.

It was only when the eclipse was at its totality that I could finally take off my protective glasses for a moment and take a courageous look directly at the face of the waning sun.


I find immense comfort I knowing that there is light on the other side.

Read Kim's fitting farewell in its entirety at CareLiving's official site). Glen Campbell died on Aug. 8, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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