Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Grief

I attended a memorial today for Annemarie Roeper.   It was in Muir Beach and the weather and setting were lovely.  There was a slide show of her life and beautiful words that honored the complexity of who she was, and perhaps that is what I'm with tonight.   Who was she and why are we here?  Usually I feel clear, but not tonight, and I don't know why.

An old friend was there.  He was robbed at gunpoint at the Stanford Shopping mall, and beaten badly in the head with the gun.  He now has PTSD as memories of his time in the army are back.  He can't work and is out of money.  I sit with that, sit with a lifetime of an incredibly active and vital woman encompassed in three hours, and someone who was a fully-functioning human being now feeling, with reason, so afraid and so alone.  He asked me to help him through the ceremony.  Crowds frighten him.  I don't know what to say, or why I felt a need to share this, but I do.

Perhaps it is to ask for prayers for Mate and for all of us as we make our way doing our best with limited views. 
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