Of the Lost Angel post
The update told how the family celebrated her life by doing something she loved to do, going to the beach. I have a friend who lost a child ten years ago and the worst part was that it was days before her birthday. The memorial service for her was on her birthday and rather than have a "funeral" they had a birthday party, complete with balloons, streamers and a large "happy birthday" banner. Attendees were given ice cream and cake and punch. The parents got a lot of flack from family as well as friends for treating her death in this manner, they said they were disrespecting the memory of her and should be ashamed to take her death so lightly. They responded by trying to explain that her life meant so much to them that they want to celebrate it rather than mourn her passing. They wanted to remember her last birthday as a day of joy rather than sadness.
I have always felt the same way...I believe in celebrating the life rather than mourning the death and I stood by the girls parents. My question is, would you have joined in the celebration of life or would you critizise the parents for wanting to spread the joy of their child?