Today Scott and My Mom Ann went to see Kathryn for the last time. It was tough but I am glad we did it. We said our final good byes and picked up her jewelry and name tag. We followed the funeral car to the crematorium but didn’t go in. I thought this would make it more real but I still keep feeling like she will be coming home. It’s like she is out at someone’s house or at college. I still can’t believe that she is not here.
I went through a ton of photos today. I want the best for Kathryn on the 25th. It is fun going through photos. Richard and Kathryn have enjoyed going through the photo albums all the time. As people would come to visit Kathryn they would look through the ones I had on the coffee table. I’m so glad I have made these albums. I love looking back on all of the times we shared together.
Tomorrow we will go to the church and plan the service. We will also go to an old family friend of ours. Reed is an artist and his family has known Scott’s family since Scott was a baby. Reed does pottery and Scott thought it would be nice to have him make the urn for Kathryn. She was an artist so she would appreciate this.
A friend of mine shared the blog I wrote about Kathryn’s list of things that makes her happy. She shared it with a group of girls (teens) who have all started their own lists. Being happy with little things and being able to laugh every day is so important. I’m glad to know that what I share about Kathryn is helping others in a positive way. I have other people say they are making changes in their lives because of what I have written about Kathryn. This makes me happy. It’s good to know that something so painful can have good things come from it.
Good Night – Say a prayer for little Rowan. She is the 3 year old girl who was at the clinic in Houston the same time as us. She is doing well with not tumor growth. Her tumor is a brainstem glioma. This is a very serious brain tumor and no surgery possible. It sounds like the treatment is working for her but keep her in your prayers. She is absolutely adorable and the only child of Chuck and Rebecca. I pray that this treatment destroys the tumor and gives Rowan a life that is cancer free.
1.) The Service and Celebration of Life is on the 25th at Noon at Emmanuel Lutheran
Church 1315 North Stevens
2.) Don’t wear black – Bright and Vibrant just like Kathryn
What Can You Do
1.) If you know what a Luminaria is please make a beautiful one for Kathryn and mail it to our home prior to the service. We will be using them in the service. Address: 6711 71st St Ct W Lakewood, WA 98499
2.) If you don’t know what a Luminaria is you can bring a vase of flowers for the tables – but make sure it has a bright bow around the vase. Let Carol (Mom) know if you are bringing a vase of flowers so we can keep track of how many.
3.) If you would like to bring food to the Celebration of Life just let Carol (Mom) know that too. We will have main items already provided. So, salads and desserts are needed.
Carol’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4.) Bring your stories and smiles. Bring your happiness!
5.) I know some people like to give Money. If you would like to do this you may make a check out to Camp Goodtimes West. Kathryn would be so happy to know that people are donating on her behalf to her favorite place. You can bring donations to the service or mail to the:
American Cancer Society
2120 1st Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
6.) Flowers may also be sent to the church the day before the service if you wish to do so.