I woke up the other day and realized the month of January was almost over. Whew, what a crazy few weeks!
We held a private funeral for Patrick on January 4th in Ocean Isle. It was nice to say our good byes without a crowd of people around us. The next day several of Jill and Steve’s neighbors organized an open house for their neighborhood. The ladies did an amazing job of coordinating food and people over the course of the afternoon.
The next weekend, January 13th, we headed to ATL to celebrate Pat’s life with his Atlanta friends. Several people pulled together and secured a venue, two bands, and food for the night. We didn’t know many of his ATL friends but everyone was super sweet. I think we were all a little blown away with the fact that this was an “event” and not just a gathering of people. It was wonderful to meet everyone and hear stories of Patrick.
This past Saturday, the 19th, several of Patrick’s Raleigh friends (this was more high school and college friends) hosted a gathering at their house. This consisted of many people the family had known for years. While very different from ATL, to me, this was his memorial. Several people give speeches. We laughed, we cried and we drank a lot. All in all it was a very good night.
I am so thankful there have been so many wonderful people who have come together and worked to organize, host, and coordinate all of the events of the past few weeks! Patrick touched so many people’s lives and I hope he knew just how special and loved he was!