I shared with you last week about my free-spirited friend Daniel dying far too young at 31. Yesterday was his memorial service, entombment, and 32nd birthday party attended by family and friends from all over the country. Shame he was not there to enjoy it and yet through all the folks that loved him he most certainly was there. From buddies, he grew up with to girls that had just met him last year everything spoken about Daniel was positive and loving, just like him.
The memorial service/mass was moving as his sisters and parents shared their memories, thoughts and love for Daniel. His cremains were then entombed in the churches columbarium in a beautiful courtyard on the grounds with his mother and father placing his urn into its final resting place. His mom later shared with me how odd it was that it had been 32 years ago to-the-day they had first placed Daniel into her arms. While it should have been her grieving last night, she was the one consoling the all the girls with broken hearts.
The evening held a celebration of Daniels life at a local pub attended by hundreds of people and just as many funny stories. It was wonderful hearing all the adventures of Daniel from all manner of friends from Colorado to California and beyond. His family enjoyed the stories most of all learning wonderful things about him and learning what a positive impact he had on all he met.
Another’s death may bring about self-reflection, assessment and contemplation of one’s mortality, in this case, it has been a process of learning much more about how Daniel lived on his terms touching people in a positive way as he lovingly made his way through life. Makes me miss him even more.
His family came up with a new slogan, and that is when faced with not knowing how to handle a particular situation, consider the motto WWDD What Would Daniel Do and then go for it. In most cases it would be to have fun, laugh and love everyone around you.
Be sure to take the time today to reach out to those you love and remind them of all they mean to you. Consider forgiving someone you haven’t, not to absolve them of their trespasses but to free you from the bondage created by unforgiveness. Please feel free to share this as you wish and Be Well!
I will see you Daniel on the flip side!