In September 2005, myself and a group of friends gathered together to wish bon voyage to a good friend of ours, who was about to set out on a trip to South America that she had been planning for about two years. We wished her well and hugged her and wrote in a book of poems that she was to take with her. She kept in touch with through a live journal telling us of her adventures. In January 2006, she went missing in Equador, Police were informed and funds were raised so that her husband and son could go out there to see what they could do. They spent 11 months in Equador searching. Finally someone was charged with kidnap and robbery. Our friend was never found. Last Wednesday would have been her 52nd birthday, her family held a private humanist service for her and on Friday night, family and many many friends gathered together to celebrate her life. it was an amazing evening led by a humanist minister, her son who is an accomplished singer song writer, sang the song she wanted at her funeral, “May you never” by John Martyn, food and drink was shared, photographs were put on to a memory tree and with the help of a wonderful cajun band, The Boat Band, we learnt how to do cajun dancing. As her husband said, we were not there to weep and be miserable, but to laugh and smile and celebrate her life. It was the end of a very long 18 months that we had so hoped would not end as it did. It has taken me three attempts to write this. I can not bear to think that she has gone, I miss her so much.
Photograph on the memory tree.
Love you Jenny.
Jenny wrote in her live journal of her travels and adventures, it is a wonderful read and a lasting tribute to her. http://mossleyjen.livejournal.com/
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