Elizabeth Rose Olsen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Memorial Service for Elizabeth Rose Olsen
Second Parish in Hingham, Massachusetts
October 15, 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
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 b e 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.