Family party after the burial

On Monday, Pat was buried above her husband’s coffin in a Mormon ceremony at Diamond Head Cemetery.  After that, we congregated as a family at my home for a catered lunch.

First, we gathered in a circle and observed a moment of silence in memory of Pat.  Then, we sang Happy Birthday to her son, Charles (age 34), and to my youngest sister, Lucille (age 60).

Click on the photos to enlarge them.

We dined on delicious vegetarian cuisine as well as meat entrees, prepared by Little Village, a popular Chinese restaurant.  Some of the food was made by my sister, Sylvia, who owns a vegan restaurant in town, called Greens & Vines:

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I also served a fruit salad (lychees and mandarin oranges), coconut cake, and peach cake:

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We posed for a family portrait:

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These are candid shots of the guests:

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We watched a family video, taken in 1990.  We all looked so young back then.  I was 44, Pat was 47, and the kids were all in elementary school.  My mother was 74, just four years older than I am now:

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After such a long weekend, starting with Pat’s celebration of life on Saturday and ending with her burial and our family party on Monday, we finally said good-bye and thanks to one another.

Funerals and weddings.  Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We always gather together as a family for these special occasions.


10 Responses to “Family party after the burial”

  1. Olga Says:

    Sharing the sadness and the joys with family is what life is all about.

  2. Christine Says:

    Beautiful party and may Pat rest in peace.

  3. DJan Says:

    It sounds like it was a fitting tribute to a wonderful woman, taken too early from this earth. Thank you for the pictures of the gathering, which made it seem as though I were also a guest.

  4. Sylvia Thompson Says:

    Beautiful Day, Tribute, and Family get-together as even the road repair cooperated and didn’t start scraping the road yesterday. Thanks for sharing family videos, and especially giving me a copy of Pete’s celebration speakers which I missed, having greeted people out front throughout the event.

  5. anonymousonthemainland! Says:

    What is a family for if they cannot be around for funerals, life celebrations and living..It has been on the tv and radio about isolation for the older people in our society..If one can get out and about and connect to others anything thrown in ones way can be endured..The sudden death of a loved one is extremely hard, one day they are living and the next or the same day they are gone to wherever and whatever one thinks of an afterlife..I remember being in Hawaii they seem to be more reverent to the dead and their remaining families, the juju as I call it is tight and many can endure the loss of a beloved friend, family member or anyone they knew or know..How wonderful of you to have such a feast in the midst of the grieving process and helping your family and friends to maintain some nourishment body mind and soul for those that truly needed it..Aloha —we are off to the Washington coast it is suppose to be okay some rain, but the shore calls to us and the foods from the sea and kindergarten friends..aloha and praying your health is improving each day, I chant in the morning and evenings and include your continued healing..aloha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Beatrice Says:

    As sorrowful as this occasion was it celebrated your beloved family member, Gigi.

  7. Kay G. Says:

    God be with you, you and your dear family

  8. Joared Says:

    Glad you could have such a family gathering to share memories, especially during such a significant time. Isn’t it wonderful to have family photos and videos to document our lives!

  9. DeniseinVA Says:

    Good to be with the family at times such as these. Our photos and videos become even more of a blessing to remember our Loved Ones and the good times we had with them.

  10. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Well you certainly gave her a good sendoff. Looks like you were relatively happy celebrating her life as well as a couple of birthdays. Food looks lovely too.

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