Barb Curlee was my friend. She died last year, of cancer, after fewer years than she deserved. Barb and I met at church, where we eventually served on the vestry together during three difficult years when the vestry had a lot to do! Barb was wise and strong and mostly cheerful through it all. Barb also coordinated our church’s coffee hours and many special meals for nine long years, until she was very sick. That’s my job now, and remembering Barb helps me keep my determination to keep things going so that we all eat well.
Barb’s memorial service included happy reminiscences from her siblings, and I think they’re the people who produced this lovely keepsake. I never before attended a funeral that had anything to take home other than a leaflet with a little information about the departed. It turns out that a bookmark with photos is a perfect thing to take home!
I really like this picture, and I appreciate that they put the date on it, because it reminds me that Barb had some good times as well as some really awful times in her last months. Although she had to do a lot of boring responsible stuff, getting her affairs in order and arranging for her sister to take custody of her 14-year-old daughter, Barb also made time for one last vacation. It’s wonderful to have this reminder that she got to walk in the waves and enjoy a lollipop!
The bookmark also reminds me to pray for Barb’s daughter, Evie. She’s a great kid, and I’m sure her aunt is doing a fine job of parenting her, but it’s got to be hard losing your single parent to a devastating disease. Evie moved to the suburbs with her aunt and isn’t coming to our church anymore. We miss her! I hope she’s okay. I hope she still can feel her mom’s love.
A memorial bookmark might sound like a silly idea, but it really works for me! If you’ve lost a loved one, please consider this easy, affordable way to help people remember her fondly.
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