Grief and loss, Healing

In memoriam

Yesterday was a glorious day for my family and I as we bid our final farewell to my Dad. My Mom was especially happy to hold this memorial service in their Catholic church 45 years to the day they had their first date. I was extremely honored to be the representative from the family to give the eulogy which included the poem I wrote “Daddy” just hours before he passed on November 24, 2020. This was the closure we all needed and the homecoming my Dad deserved.

For you Dad

We continued the celebration of my Dad’s life with an Italian fest fit for the king he is, a luncheon that was held at his favorite restaurant which included family and close friends, about twenty people. My older sister flew in from Utah and my oldest brother drove down from Orlando. It was especially great to all be together again since we have all been separated by the pandemic. We laughed and we shed tears. We all shared our favorite memories of my Dad. I was so comforted by my family yesterday and it felt so good to be with the people I love the most. My partner is here (FINALLY) and he was and is my rock, grounding me through the grieving process. I’m so grateful and blessed to have these people in my life when I need them the most. My gratitude includes my dear friends that are scattered across the country and in other places around the world who have sent condolences with love including so many of you my dear readers. From the bottom of my heart, your love means so much to me. Connection is a key in healing because we all experience loss. This is a time we need to lean on each other.

My sister Tami arranged these beautiful flowers

I took this video of myself dancing hours before my partner’s arrival. I absolutely adore Janis Joplin’s style and fiery vocals. My partner often remarks on how I remind him of her so I felt it fitting to dance in tribute to her and my love for all of humanity. I put a piece of my heart into every creative thing I do. If I don’t feel passionate about it, I simply don’t do it. Life is precious and I intend to make the most of my time here doing what I love to do most which is expressing the depths of my creative soul in light and love!

“Piece of My Heart”

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40 thoughts on “In memoriam”

  1. Maria, you delivered the eulogy beautifully! 🌼🌺🌸Your poem really speaks volumes about who your Dad was. Your mom looks so happy to have everyone together. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous 🌹 And quite honestly, I don’t think anyone else could’ve spoken those words. Your Dad is smiling from ear to ear and from what I can “see”, he hugged/held you as you spoke πŸ’—πŸ€— 🀍 Love you sister!! I know it was a tough weekend but you did an amazing job. πŸ₯°

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    1. Awwww I could “feel” these words and my Dad’s presence yesterday πŸ₯° My Mom has been riding such a high all weekend, it’s beautiful. She’s so very grateful and in light of the days we had prior, it was all worth it to see the smile on her face. I love you so much. It means everything to me to share my life moments with you. Together we are evolving and shining ✨ πŸ’› 🌠

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  2. Beautiful piece as always, the love and authenticity is palpable in this post! I always love your words as they raise my vibration and fill me with love! Your Dad is so alive here and you did a graceful and remarkable job of honoring him! That poem is just, perfect…I absolutely love it. Hugs and lots of love to you sister πŸ–€πŸ€—

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      1. You are an amazing light and a beautiful soul this Universe is lucky to have, I’m sure your Dad is the same πŸ–€, he’ll always be taking care of you.

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  3. A verse from the heart dear lady, to share your dads journey. You have my condolences to you and your family for that loss but I can see that your connection to him will never be severed with the strength you have shown ❀️
    Love and light to you all, and a hug to share that love πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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  4. Maria, this is such a beautiful tribute you created here for your dad. Such loving words conveyed with a heart only a daughter can do who feels so much admiration and love for her father. Thank you for letting me know about this post, Maria.
    And the dance was awesome too! πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you so much Erika, it was a very beautiful experience and homecoming for my Dad. I felt held in such a brilliance of light and love. My Dad stood next to me the entire time with his hand on my shoulder ❀❀❀
      Dancing is what allows me to fully engage with my soul and when I feel the most alive!

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  5. What a beautiful eulogy of your father and tribute. Hearing your poem was so touching and moving. What a joyful day to share it with all of your family memembers and your beloved! So glad you could all be together in such a joyful way to celebrate your love. What a gift to your mom, dad and family. Your dance was so happy! Congrats on 600 followers too! πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you so much dearest πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— yes it was truly a spectacular day full of peaceful confirmations. My Dad stood next to me with his hand upon my shoulder the entire time 😊

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    1. Yes, we were all very grateful to be able to come together 3 months after my Dad’s passing to celebrate him home❀ He was standing next to me the entire time with his hand firmly on my shoulder. Thank you my friend πŸ™

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  6. Oh, honey, you bring tears to my eyes, this was so moving. What a beautiful tribute to your amazing dad! Hugs, light, love, healing, and happy thoughts for you and your family, my friend! πŸ’•β€πŸ₯°πŸ™ŒπŸ€—

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