posted on Jun, 10 2009 @ 08:26 AM
Thank you again to everyone for their support and contributions. And hugs. The hugs are are most appreciated.
I need to talk about 2 different things here.
1. I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba - and the WHO has identified this area as "of concern" in the current swine flu pandemic because of the impact on
aboriginal communities here. See: Swine Flu in Manitoba
...Just so you know, T is NOT an aboriginal. She's white/Jewish. And I remain convinced that she died due to long term impacts of her February bout
with the flu in Mexico.
2. T's wishes were that she be cremated, and NOT be given a funeral or any other service. Her brother is responsible for all the arrangements, and
has followed her wishes faithfully. No funeral, no shiva, no memorial service, no nothing.
The result has been that many of her friends have been floundering, and some have been quite angry - the lack of a gathering left many unable to
grieve, or to share their grief in a healthy way.
Fortunately, her brother decided a celebration of T's life was in order and not contrary to her wishes, so we will have one next week. Much needed
MY REQUEST: If anyone here is or has made arrangements for their own passing, please please remember that gatherings are for those left behind, not
the person who died. People NEED to get together to grieve and get closure. Please, don't stipulate 'no gatherings to say goodbye' in your 'last