The Celebration of Life was fantastic!! OMG, the food kept coming from the kitchen -- the cedar planked salmon was to die for -- and the pepper crusted new york strip was heavenly, plus the salads, potatoes, green beans, chicken in herb and garlic, etc. The dessert was made by Whole Foods -- a carrot cake with a fantastic design. The piping along the edge was "tie-dye" and the main design was a yellow VW van (circa 1967). It had peace signs for the wheel covers, on the front tire, hippies in the bus with a dog in the back. It was covered in flowers of all colors -- Douglas would have been so excited!
There were over 60 people at this event (room held 50) and it was such a blessing to see and feel the love for this incredible man. His family, friends, co-workers, and his caregiver while I was at work. We laughed, cried, told "many" stories and laughed some more. The pictures that were on display went from birth to his death -- and we loved them all.
At the end we set off the balloons with his picture on them (same as the one on this site). I inscribed them with "In loving memory of Douglas Gordon-Jorgeson" June 28, 1947 - July 17, 2009. The room I rented has a huge balcony that overlooks Snoqualmie Falls. The waterfall was perfect -- and the balloons would dip down and them up and over the enormous fir trees up toward the heaven and snow capped mountains. The day was sunny and I know that Douglas was there listening to his favorite tunes -- "Pink Floyd" "Moody Blues" "Beatles" and the list goes on.
My family left the next day and I crashed!! What an exhausting week I had -- and today, Monday, I stayed home from work to recuperate and reflect on the life of my wonderful husband -- and cry some more from happy, not sad. He is loved by so many people, especially me, and I am glad that I took the big step to honor and celebrate his life. The healing process for me is difficult and this celebration helped me to realize just how many lives he influenced -- not just mine, but friends and other family alike. Douglas will never be forgotten.
Lots of pictures were taken and I am waiting for all of the photographers to get the discs to me so I can share with all of you here. Thank you so much for being supportive and loving. I return all of that to each of you -- along with a HUGE hug!