Posted on February 12, 20172/12/17 CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
I've been continuing to make progress with the generous donations from my supporters. Dad's mahogany shadow box arrived, I purchased additional lighting, and installed it in my office. It's a beautiful piece that makes me think of him every time I look up from my computer. His silk jacket and gold chain look extra sharp under the added illumination. I ordered the memorial paver for the Tampa RiverWalk
and mailed a portion of dad's remains off to the Artful Ashes
company for the production of the glass art piece. Production for both should take a couple of weeks. The colors I went with were Black and Gold, because daddy loved the Pittsburgh Steelers! I'm confident he would have approved.
Now I have to take the rest of the remains to the site where my mother and brother's ashes were scattered along the Hillsborough River. It's going to be another difficult day. I'm used to those though, especially as of late. I had my first session of grief therapy on Friday. It went well, I guess. He was shocked I hadn't sought counseling previously. He also said that "for someone so young, the loss you've experienced is tremendous." At the end of an hour... I wasn't sure how I had made it this far either... but I have no intention of stopping. I plan to continue to stay as strong as I can, live as well as I can, and honor my loved ones. What else is there in this life? God only knows.