Sunday, August 27, 2006

Out On the Ocean

Richard's family gathered today to cast the ashes of Beverly and Carlton into the ocean off the coast of Harpswell. We joined the family later in Brunswick to look at photographs, catch up with one another and enjoy a great meal of lobster, corn on the cob, potato salad, grilled items and dessert. I'd already met some of Richard's family, and had a great time meeting the others present today. They're a fun bunch of people to be around, I had a wonderful time!
There are many ways to prepare for death, and to celebrate life... the most common theme I've seen over the years is for the family and friends to gather together in the sharing of stories and memories. Getting together and celebrating the lives of those now gone is great... even better is to appreciate our family and friends today and to make each moment a little celebration if possible. My mother-in-law is a great example of that... she makes time to bake for people, visit them, and do whatever she can to do something nice... she's an inspiration to me and I'm sure anyone who knows her!
I think that whenever Richard's family goes out on the ocean, they'll feel some of the energy of Beverly and Carlton... what a nice way to stay connected with their memories and the stories of how their lives touched those who are here today.
Out On the Ocean is a jig you can find in the Portland Collection.

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