Today’s A-to-Z Challenge letter is M for Memorial.
While my brother’s focus this week is on muscle power (to continue tackling the jobs around Mom’s house that I would not be able to accomplish on my own), my week’s focus is on getting Mom’s memorial service planned.
She didn’t want a formal wake and church funeral, and yet, we knew she would have wanted some kind of memorial. So, I called her best friend, Dolores, to brainstorm some ideas, and she provided some really great ones!
My mom was a social butterfly and loved to spend hours upon hours talking to her friends, so what better way to memorialize her than a “Celebration of Life” – a happier event where friends can share their stories, view old photos, eat, drink and be merry.
I initially called around to some of the banquet halls in the area, but they were not well-suited to the our rapid timeline, unknown number of attendees, and desire for flexibility. I then happened to remember where we’d held all of our important family parties in the past—at her subdivision’s clubhouse. A quick call to the manager, and she was completely accommodating. We could have the whole clubhouse all day!
My mom had lived in the same subdivision for nearly 40 years, and had organized wonderful parties at the clubhouse to celebrate my stepdad’s 65th birthday, and another to celebrate when my stepsister turned 50. It would be our turn to honor her.
So, I’ve come out of retirement and put my project manager hat back on to get everything planned out— catering, drinks, flowers, decorations, photos, tribute boards, friends and family recruited to help get everything set up, etc. Fingers crossed that this can all come together by Saturday!