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July 23, 2011


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My dear friends Michael and Christian plus Walter and Mary helped put together the booklet for B’s service.  You can look at it here.  I hope you can see the joy that his life brought us.

Planning on getting the speeches once they are done, typing them up, and uploading so everyone can share in the celebration of…so so much.  You all have said it in the comments over the past week, using better words than I ever could.

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  1. It’s obvious that Brendan is loved and honoured by many. I hope this — and your memories — bring some comfort in the difficult times ahead. Much sympathy for your great loss.

    Comment by Linda — July 23, 2011 @ 19:35 IST

  2. It was a beautiful celebration and very true to Brendan. Everything that was said, the songs, were just so right.

    Comment by Eleanor — July 23, 2011 @ 19:47 IST

  3. A beautiful ceremony in honour of a wonderful life.

    Comment by Jean — July 23, 2011 @ 19:55 IST

  4. It was a wonderful experience, so sorry it wasn’t much later in his life!

    Comment by Deirdre — July 23, 2011 @ 19:59 IST

  5. It was a wonderful service, I’ve never been to one like it before. It was full of love & laughter, and sadness too.

    Comment by Sinéad — July 23, 2011 @ 20:04 IST

  6. Speeches were all wonderfully well written and spoken. They showed how loved and appreciated Brendan is, and how missed he will be. You also did a great job Elana. It must have been so hard for you.

    Comment by Yvonne — July 23, 2011 @ 20:05 IST

  7. It was a lovely service. Elana you and your boys were just great. It was a privilege to be there.

    Comment by HelenMc — July 23, 2011 @ 20:27 IST

  8. It was the most personal & moving funeral service i’ve ever attended, just regret I didn’t have super simple garter stitch knitting with me! All my love to you & those adorable boys x

    Comment by eimearee — July 23, 2011 @ 21:08 IST

  9. It was a beautiful ceremony and you, the boys and family were incredibly beautiful too. The speeches were all better than the next. I left with a full heart and wish I could have hugged you for 10 minutes. We asked E ifhe’d like to come and play with us at the beach in Wicklow and he gracefully declined. ;). Love to you sorry we didn’t follow you to the queens. Xo

    Comment by Nancy — July 23, 2011 @ 21:18 IST

  10. There was such a special ‘feel’ today, everyone was listening, thinking, crying, laughing, remembering, wishing, longing. It was so special and will be remembered for a long long time. Thinking of you and your boys constantly xxx

    Comment by Audrey — July 23, 2011 @ 21:21 IST

  11. What a day, full of all the things that Brendan was about. The only thing missing at Queens was the man himself, who would have had a ball. Thank you for letting us share in today, it was a beautiful ceremony.

    Comment by Roseanne — July 23, 2011 @ 22:08 IST

  12. It was a lovely and memorable service…I did bring my knitting with me, but for the first time in my life I could not manage magic loop, crying, sniffling, laughing and blowing my nose at the same time.

    Comment by Diane — July 23, 2011 @ 22:14 IST

  13. Wonderful ceremony.

    Comment by mollydot — July 23, 2011 @ 22:57 IST

  14. Kudos to all who spoke for bringing Brendan’s Spirit back to life.
    And kudos to those behind the leaflet: “exit, pursued by a bear…”
    Love to you for all the days after this one…

    Comment by UnderMeOxter — July 23, 2011 @ 23:27 IST

  15. So glad we could come and join you on a really special day. The service and the reception was a wonderful wonderful tribute.

    Comment by Sabrina — July 24, 2011 @ 00:12 IST

  16. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful, funny, profound and loving man. Sorry that we couldn’t be there to share in the memories, but glad that it went so well–it sounds like it expressed his life and the love people had for him just perfectly.

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 24, 2011 @ 03:34 IST

  17. The Shakespere quote was deftly executed.

    Comment by Eamonn Keane — July 24, 2011 @ 06:16 IST

  18. Such a wonderful tribute to an amazing man. I’ll never hear Crazy Nights again without laughing and thinking of him! I went home last night thinking how lucky I have been to meet you both not least of which because you have introduced me to random circles of wonderful people, so many of whom were there yesterday! Love to you, your boys and your family xx

    Comment by Clare — July 24, 2011 @ 12:55 IST

  19. Thank you for allowing us to be there. Such a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful person.

    Comment by Helen K (aka hmabells) — July 24, 2011 @ 13:30 IST

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