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Old 01-14-2013, 09:57 PM   #41
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You are all the best! Thank you all for the kind thoughts and words of wisdom.

CWS, it is so hard to see a strong woman go downhill. Hugs to you.

Am still working on the obit and memorial, along with sorting out several lifetimes of stuff that we brought back. I am so glad we didn't have a service yet, there was a major blizzard on the day my sister wanted it, and it would have been rushed. We will postpone it for a time the other out of town friends and relatives can make it. Mom was cremated, so there is no rush. She'll keep.
When we had my mother's memorial we got a DVD made by the funeral home. We assembled a bunch of pix of my mum, in chronological order, so they told the story of her life. Then we chose some music that she liked (some of it was Danish). They put together a lovely slide show with captions for various "segments"/events. We threw in some place pix that we found on the web: Copenhagen, the Statue of Liberty for the end of their ocean crossing, a photo they had of the L.A. City Hall. I really like that DVD and watch it every now and again. You should think about doing something like that. If you don't make it too long, and included friends and family in the pix, people will probably enjoy watching it at the memorial.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:05 PM   #42
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When we had my mother's memorial we got a DVD made by the funeral home. We assembled a bunch of pix of my mum, in chronological order, so they told the story of her life. Then we chose some music that she liked (some of it was Danish). They put together a lovely slide show with captions for various "segments"/events. We threw in some place pix that we found on the web: Copenhagen, the Statue of Liberty for the end of their ocean crossing, a photo they had of the L.A. City Hall. I really like that DVD and watch it every now and again. You should think about doing something like that. If you don't make it too long, and included friends and family in the pix, people will probably enjoy watching it at the memorial.
That sounds lovely, Taxy, and a great idea. Mom had everything scripted out, and she wants a bag piper. A live one. They're hard to come by. I had ordered some bag pipe CD's, according to Mom they were not acceptable. I have corresponded with a piper, but there would have been no way to get him there in the midst of a blizzard on Saturday.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:06 PM   #43
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Spring is a good time. Better weather and easier with kids out of school.
I agree. I pulled the executor's rank and insisted.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #44
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My mom passed away this afternoon. A friend found her on the floor, called the ambulance, and she died in the hospital.

It hasn't really hit me yet, I'm still in shock. Lots of phone calls, texts, and emails going on...

I miss her.
I just saw this. I too have lost parents, all three of mine. I now what it feels like. But I promise, you will get to see them again. I firmly believe this. A part of them is in you, and so lives on in this world as well. I know you are strong. And I hope the sorrow passes quickly, and is replaced with the joyful knowledge that she is truly in a better place.

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I just saw this. I too have lost parents, all three of mine. I now what it feels like. But I promise, you will get to see them again. I firmly believe this. A part of them is in you, and so lives on in this world as well. I know you are strong. And I hope the sorrow passes quickly, and is replaced with the joyful knowledge that she is truly in a better place.

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Thanks Chief. I know she's in a better place now, no more pain or sickness. I just hope she approves of the piper I hire....
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I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, may time ease the pain that no words can. JoAnn
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I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, may time ease the pain that no words can. JoAnn
Thank you, JoAnn. I really appreciate all the kind thoughts and words of comfort from our wonderful DC family!
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DL, hope you are feeling a bit better as each day passes xx
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An update. We are not planting Mom, she will be sprinkled. Sibs disagreed with the digging up and displacement of Mom's dad in order to place her cremains in with him. And they didn't like the date I chose for the ceremony. So we will all head to the little island where we spent our summers, and Mom will become fish food. Maybe off the end of the dock. Works for me.
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An update. We are not planting Mom, she will be sprinkled. Sibs disagreed with the digging up and displacement of Mom's dad in order to place her cremains in with him. And they didn't like the date I chose for the ceremony. So we will all head to the little island where we spent our summers, and Mom will become fish food. Maybe off the end of the dock. Works for me.
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