Feb 02, 2011 - 3:06 pm
Mikes memorial was on Sunday. I was afraid it would feel like a final "punctuation" on our life together, but it gave me a lot of peace, instead. A huge crowd of friends and family came to pay their respects, including about 20 motorcyclists who rode in as a tribute. All in all, it was quite beautiful.
Mikes ashes are going to be buried in his famly plot in Nebraska, and our home is in Florida. I went to find a small keepsake urn to keep some of the ashes with me before I travel to NE in the spring for the interment. Instead, I found an amazing thing called memorial chimes. On a beautiful set of hand tuned windchimes, there's a small brass urn/keepsake area that allows you to put some of the ashes in. Its a very small amount, and its screwed closed with a gasket to protect it from the elements.
At any rate, my boys hung them up on a bracket outside of the bedroom window. When a slight breeze blows, they chime with the most amazing, musical, almost majical sound! I hear them in the evening, and like to think of Mike moving the chimes. They are quite different, beautifully tuned, and bring me a lot of peace when I listen to them. It's a much better solution for me that having an urn on the mantle or shelf. If anyone is interested, I can give you the name of the company that makes them. My mother in law has requested a set; so it can't be too "hippy chick" if she thinks its a good idea.