On Saturday, June 30th in Fernandina Beach a group of close friends and family said good-bye to both my mom and to Chris. She asked me to keep his ashes after I received them from Australia and have a joint ceremony for the two of them at a very specific place on the beach there. Their celebration was held in the Oceanview Room of the Amelia Island Plantation and then we let their ashes go out into the ocean. I am reminded of them both when I listen to one of mine and Chris's favorite songs by Ben Folds titled "The Luckiest". I truly am the luckiest for having had both of them in my life, albeit for far too short of a time. I miss them both, and their deaths leave a hole in my heart. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to be there with both of them as they took their last breaths, to say good-bye in peace and to make all of the arrangements for their celebration to ensure that it did them justice. I think they would both be proud.
|American Beach on Amelia Island. Saying good-bye to mom and Chris. June 30, 2012.|