May 26, 2004
Well, yesterday was the day of the funeral, and we were overwhelmed with the turnout. A packed church greeted us when we arrived, many people I've not seen in a long time, and friends of Jules I'd never had the pleasure of meeting when she was alive.
After the service and the cemetery we returned to the Old Town and the wake at Bottles. Which rocked, as my younger brother put it this morning in his drunken hungover state. I don't remember much beyond about 5pm, so if you bought me a drink, or said hello, I'm sorry I can't remember now, but I'm told I was enjoying myself to the full!
Thank you to everyone for being there yesterday. The whole day was one big rollercoaster from start to finish. But it finished on a high, with everyone laughing and reminiscing of times long gone. She'd have been itching to get over there last night, never one to miss a party. I just know she'll be upstairs now, partying until the wee small hours.
Someone mentioned how the weather's been so good since last Monday. Now, some may say it's a coincidence, but I'd like to think she had a word on the way up, "I'm not having rain on MY funeral!"
As for the future and the weblog, there'll be another one, just for me, sprouting up soon. Jonathan's given me the keys and I'm going to be in decorating this weekend. This place, it'll stay, and once I've cleared away the 103 spam comments it got yesterday, it'll be kept as a memorial of those happy times.
Posted by alan at May 26, 2004 11:46 AM
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I was at the funeral, even though I haven't seen Jules for a few years I considered her to be a good friend, we went through school together and I was always pleased to stop and catch up if we saw each other in town.
Jules will always have a special place in my thoughts and I feel lucky to have known her, she is now a true Angel. Party on Jules!! luv Von.
Posted by: Siobhan Walker at May 28, 2004 11:37 AM
As a Husband of a BT victim, I have been reading your excellent blog for a good while now. I woke up this morning thinking that I hadn't had a look for a couple of weeks, and then was obviously very saddened at Jules' passing. My condolences to all - she obvioulsy had very loving family and friends who cared for her dearly.
My Father passed away last summer with lung cancer. and I have found the following poem very moving, and I thought that I would share this. I actually read this at his funeral service.
Don't stand beside my grave and weep,
For I'm not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond's glint on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circle flight,
I am soft stars that shine at night,
Don't stand beside my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.
Author still unknown,
Prayer for the dead, Hopi Indian Tribe (not verified) >
Once again condolences to all.
Posted by: Lee at May 29, 2004 12:33 PM
I wrote your name in the sand but the waves washed it away,
I wrote your name in the sky but the wind blew it away,
I wrote your name in my heart and there it will stay forever.
All my love forever and ever,
Your lil sis Laura.
p.s. i miss u :'(
Posted by: Laura (Jules' lil sis....*4eva*) at May 29, 2004 10:35 PM