Release and Let Go

Into the freedom of wind and sunshine—we let you go
Into the dance of the stars and the planets—we let you go
Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the star maker—we let you go
We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy
Go safely, go dancing, go running home —Ruth Burgess

Letter From Heaven

Dear Mom and Dad,
Words can’t begin to describe how sorry I am. I’ve put you in a position that no parent should ever face. I left – before you. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The natural order of things was skewed by my addiction. I can only imagine the agony you must be in. I know you’re angry, despairing and sad, all at the same time. If only you could reach back in time and pluck me from the path I’d chosen, but you can’t. You never could. God knows, you tried. I wasn’t completely oblivious, to all you did for me. I always believed I had time and the truth is—I was too damned smart for my own good. …continue »

Mother’s Eulogy

Thank you all so very much for being here today for Len and me and to join in the Memorial Service for our dearest Elizabeth Rose. Over the last 3 months the outpouring of love and support has carried us through what can only be described as a nightmare.

This is certainly not how things should go. There are no words. But there are looks, hugs, touches, tears and even smiles. We should not be saying good bye to our daughter, especially not so soon. Our lives have been turned upside down, fraught with tears and sorrow and endless questions, how, why, what if, what if not
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The Memorial Service for Elizabeth Rose Olsen

Second Parish in Hingham, Massachusetts
15 October 2016

She is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she would want; smile, open your eyes and go on.

Prayer of Faith

That beyond the pain there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness there can be wholeness.
That beyond the anger there may be peace.
That beyond the hurting there will be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence there may be the word.
That beyond the word there may be understanding.
That through understanding there is love.Author Unknown

Four Candles

The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.
This second candle represents our courage.
To comfort our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives.
This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed, the times we cried,
The times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did,
The caring and joy you gave us.
This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle that your light will always shine.
As we begin this memorial service and share this time of remembrance
With our family and friends. We cherish the special place in our hearts
That will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift
Your living brought to each of us. We love you. We remember you.Author Unknown

A Friend's Memory

“Liz was an intelligent, fun, motivated, caring girl with an infectious personality from a loving, successful and supportive family whose death cannot be ruled anything but the true definition of a tragedy. Always a genuinely kind person who lived life to the fullest and looked damn good doing it, when she was well. Liz was quite something.”Benjamin Smith, a longtime friend of Elizabeth, the day after she passed.

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