April 9, 2011 at 6:46 am #46325marjoParticipant
A beautiful person, she touched a lot of hearts, and will be remembered always. Thank you for taking care of her so well, Monkeybutt. (who gave you that name?!) Sorry. I had a visual.February 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm #46324darlaParticipant
Once again, thanks for sharing Kris’s final journey. It was all so lovely and done so well. Be safe in your travels home.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaFebruary 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm #46323lainyParticipant
Dearest Hans, you have done everything with such grace and beauty and so befitting of Kris. One journey ends for her and another begins for eternity.February 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm #46322nur1954Participant
Hans – Saw your message on Facebook. Beautiful! Every time I see the Atlantic Ocean (and I do that often), I will stop and think of your wonderful Kris. Peace now and forever – NancyFebruary 28, 2011 at 9:30 am #46321micsylParticipant
That was a Beautiful sharing, Hans – thank you so much. I will be thinking of you as you journey back to Sweden.
With love and light
MichelleFebruary 28, 2011 at 5:45 am #46320marionsModerator
Dearest Hans…bon voyage, our sweet Kris. Your legacy will live on in our hearts and minds.
Hans, have a safe trip back to Sweden. I will be calling you within the next few weeks.
MarionFebruary 28, 2011 at 4:18 am #46319cherbourgParticipant
That was so beautiful and so Kris. I’ve sent you some photos I took on Saturday when I celebrated her life.
Travel safely when you head for home.
I’m sending prayers for peace as you start the next part of this journey.
PamFebruary 28, 2011 at 4:04 am #46318monkeybuttParticipant
Kris’ journey has finally come to its end. Saturday the 26th February we committed her ashes to the sea, outside Charleston.
Annie, a friend of the family, had helped us by arranging for a friend, Eric, to take us out on his sail boat. He brought his girlfriend Catalina along, bringing the total to seven. We had driven to Charleston in the morning to meet up with them, and it was early afternoon when we were ready to put out from the marina.
It was a beautiful day and hot, but on the water there was a light, pleasant breeze. Bright sunshine and glittering blue water. We first boarded the sailing boat where we all got very comfortable. But with the breeze coming in from the sea we needed to use the engine to get out of the harbor area. As we put out we were accompanied by a couple of dolphins who broke the surface close to our boat. They can’t have been a good omen though, because the engine promptly died before we had even left the marina. Our captain took a look at it and was not happy. Oil was leaking from it, and it was clear that it would need some sort of major repairs.
But instead of scuttling the trip, he quickly solved the problem by producing a second vessel – a small, open, outboard motor boat with a steering pulpit. It was supposed to hold a maximum of six people, but we piled in, all seven of us, and headed out. In good hands, the overloaded little craft handled the waves nicely, and we got up quite a good speed. We passed by Charleston’s historic waterfront and the harbor and headed out past Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, until we had cleared Sullivan’s Island and were in the Atlantic. Eric killed the engine and turned the boat so that it rode the low waves calmly.
The day before, Andrea and I had bought a cardboard box about the size of a shoe box. It was a very sweet floral scrap book like motif, in pink hues with butterflies and the text “LIVE well, LOVE much, LAUGH often”, printed on the lid. We lined it with large sheets of white tissue paper, poured Kris’ ashes into it, along with the numbered ceramic block that had followed her through cremation. Then we folded the tissue paper into the box, added some folded sheets for an inner lid, and closed it. Last I took a lucky coin that Kris used to have, and slid it under the lid. To hold it shut we tied the box like a present with a pinkish white silk ribbon that we tied into a big extravagant bow.
Now, off the coast of Carolina, we all said a quiet goodbye before Andrea and I leaned out and placed the box in the water. It floated. But the lid wasn’t tight, and we held it under until it took in some water. Then we let her sink, and saw her pink box and ribbon disappear into the deep. The end of a long journey.
Handfuls of red and pink rose petals followed her, along with a few daffodils from the family garden. After that we started the engine, turned the boat around, and headed back to Charleston harbor.February 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm #46317lalupesParticipant
You are amazing, Hans – I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but your light touch & humour bring a bitter-sweetness to an awful situation. Please keep “bumping” this thread to the top as often as you can – it certainly helps me cope with the day-to-day realities. I just hope it helps you as much as it helps me (&, I hope the rest of us, too).
Julia xFebruary 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm #46316gavinModerator
Thank you so much for sharing about Kris’s Memorial Service with us all, it sounds like such a nice tribute to Kris. Thank you.
GavinFebruary 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm #46315lainyParticipant
Dear Hans, thank you so much for sharing Kris’s American Memorial Service with us. Kris will go on helping others as they read her posts here and they will love her as we do for her “attitude”, love and sense of humor. Kris was surely a woman of strength, valor and caring. We thank you for sharing her with all of us.February 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm #46314darlaParticipant
Thanks for sharing another lovely Tribute to Kris with all of us here. How wonderful that Suzanne and Terry were able to be there to share it with all of you. I’m glad everything went well and you were able to share some joy along with the sadness. She will be fondly remember although greatly missed by all. Thinking of you.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaFebruary 22, 2011 at 6:00 am #46313marionsModerator
Dear Hans…another incredible service for an incredible human being.February 22, 2011 at 5:11 am #46312duchessMember
I’m so sorry that Kris has finally lost her battle. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. My thoughts & prayers are with you. I pray that God will give you & all her family the strength & peace to carry on. Remember,Love never dies. Remember the good times & when your beloved Kris was a health person, as much as you can . She will live on in your heart.
RoslynFebruary 22, 2011 at 4:57 am #46311monkeybuttParticipant
Saturday we held Kris
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