Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In Memoriam

We were at one of the beaches on the North Shore on Saturday. When we arrived, a really large group of people with surfboards had gathered and I assumed it was a paddle board class. They all headed to the beach and posed for a group photo. Most of them had on fresh leis.

Then they began paddling out into the ocean. I realized it was definitely not a paddle board class because many of the adults also had a child or two on their surfboards with them.

Once out in the ocean, they formed a tight little group and floated there for a bit. It was then that someone near me explained that it was a memorial service to scatter someones ashes in the water. The family had a little memorial service out there on their surf boards, then they scattered the ashes and put their leis in the water.

I wish I had known what was going on before they started paddling back, I would love to have had more pictures of what they were doing. It was a wonderful idea for a funeral service.

I think I would like to be buried like that. Calm, peaceful, beautiful. What more could you want?

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