Today we had our memorial celebration. It was lovely and mom would have loved it. I was really touched as I looked around at all the people in the room who considered my mother a second mom. It was so easy to feel this way in her home.
I put together a 24-page memorial zine, and it came out quite beautiful. Here are the friends and family assembling it in the art room.
We kept adding things to the shrine. If you are among the kind people who contributed to the flowers/donations Zanna was collecting, you'll see your flowers here in this picture. The extra money will be split between the cremation fees and the Village Free School non-profit.
During the celebration, we had our guests write notes on pieces of paper and tie them to helium balloons... many messages of love sent out to the universe. Seconds after we did this, a faint but clear rainbow appeared in the perfectly clear sky overhead. Coincidence? You decide. (can you see it in the middle of the picture, right above the tree line?)