For Erica

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    Dec 10, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    The words I spoke at the service:

    "I would like to thank everyone for coming here today. I can tell Erica has touched the hearts of many and it means the world to my family and I that you are here today. I can pull out a dictionary and pick thousands of words that describe the best word I would pick is vibrant. Those who were close to her know that is the best word. She was colorful in the sense that she had many different aspects of her life that she excelled in. She was a tremendous athlete, she taught herself to weld metal to create these beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry. She had fantastic friends and a great family. And...she was the only person I know who could pull off orange.

    Even though she is gone from this world, this isn't a goodbye, it is a see you later. We will all see her one day. If there are three things to get from this, it is to love her, remember her, and to learn from here. Now, if everyone could please close your eyes and hold each-other's hands for a prayer

    Erica, we will all meet again. We will always love you, remember you, and learn from you. May heaven's light and warmth embrace you, for they have a new angel in their midst. Thank you"

    Erica, I know you were there. When I stood up at that podium I was so nervous. I felt a tap on my shoulder and I knew it was you. I hate how you are gone. I hate how you left us this way. I understand why you did it but we gave you all the options in the world and you threw them all back into our faces by living with a fucking drug addict who influenced you to destroy your body.

    Despite this, I have and always will love you. I know, you and I had a complicated relationship. We were step-siblings. We laughed, we joked, we played, we fought...everything. In my heart of hearts I have always cared for you and I have always loved you. Also, I felt that you, Mike, and Allie were more then step-siblings and felt you were all my younger brother and more-so then ever. I wish I was in your life more, I wish I never sent you those nasty texts...but what is done is done.

    I love you Erica and I will always keep you in my heart and mind. We will meet again one day and I promise to take care of Allie, Mike, and Catherine. I promise to be the older brother they always wanted.
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    Dec 10, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Good eulogy, Alex. Thank you for sharing. Big hug.