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From: Jeke
Date: 07-13-2007, 06:16 PM (1 of 3)
:smile: Today begins our city's Relay for Life for cancer survivors and victims. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine who works for hospice asked me to help with a memorial for people with cancer who had not survived. Yesterday I spent the day calligraphy-ing (sp?) 101 names on a board of remembrance. I used a silver metallic pen. The board had been painted a lavendar the color of their logo. I was also able to do a rendition of the logo. I have to say that this was a labor of love even though I had only known two of the people. One being a longtime, dear friend with whom I had the honor of staying a few nights towards the very end of her life. All those names were special, however, because of what they brought to their family and friends. That thought just kept coming to me.

My hospice friend was so pleased with the outcome. I was so grateful for that. When I am asked to do this sort of thing, I always hope I can reach the vision they have in their mind when they ask.

Thanks for letting me share. It really was a special experience.
User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: grandma C
Date: 07-14-2007, 02:14 AM (2 of 3)
Jay, it is such a blessing that you use your talent to visualize the dreams and Ideas of others. Your talent is rare indeed.
Oh, thanks for sharing!!
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Sancin
Date: 07-14-2007, 02:30 AM (3 of 3)
Jay - it was truly a great thing to do and I imagine it was very gratifying for you.

A number of years ago a nurse from Australia who was on a nursing forum I subscribed to described a ceremony that was held each year at the hc agency she worked for. She had adapted a Jewish prayer to be read at the ceremony. I thought it was so beautiful I had it read at my mother's funeral.

Here it is - a fitting memory

Prayer of Memory (Adapted from the Jewish tradition)

Me: In the rising of the sun and in its going down
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
All: Our memories will live on

Me: In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer

All: Our memories will live on

Me: In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn
In the beginning of the year and when it ends

All: Our memories will live on

Me: When we are weary and in need of strength.
When we are lost and sick at heart.
When we have joys we yearn to share

All: Our memories will live on

Me: So long as we live, he too shall live

All: For he are now a part of us, as we remember him
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
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