Oct. 29th, 2016 12:58 pm
[identity profile] carolecummings.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] whiteshores
Hi, everyone. I used to be Aratlithiel/Daffodil Bolger once upon a time. I haven't seen a lot of you for a while, but I wanted to first thank [livejournal.com profile] baranduin and [livejournal.com profile] cali_se for starting this community and allowing us a place where we can be with others who loved our [livejournal.com profile] mews1945.

Second, I wanted to let you know that the service was lovely. It was, not surprisingly, full of smiles through tears, and Julia's family was as loving and welcoming as she was. It was comforting, but it also made everything so real, so it was also... hard.

I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat and [livejournal.com profile] lavendertook for hugging me and letting me awkward at them for a while. You'll probably hear more from them about the service later, and they'll likely be a bit more eloquent about it. Julia's brother, Bob, officiated and spoke with such great fondness of Julia's life and the people and things she loved, among them, all of you here. She didn't differentiate between her "fandom life" and her "real life". To her, it was all part of her life, and she loved every one of you--of us--with no conditions.

She loved you. On the day we officially tell her goodbye, that's the one thing I wanted to say, to make sure you know. She loved you.

And thanks to all of you here for... just for being here.

Date: 2016-10-29 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Oh Carole, thank you so much for sharing this! I was hoping hoping hoping *one* of our fandom family would be at the service, and knowing that three of you were able to make it, and be with one another, makes my heart happy. I hope Julia was able to take as much love with her as she left with us.

Date: 2016-10-30 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com
OMG, thank you!!! Wow. That just made my heart full. *hugs you again*

Date: 2016-10-29 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baranduin.livejournal.com
*hugs you*

I'm soo glad you stopped by and that you were able to make the service. A number of us were able to attend [livejournal.com profile] lorie945's memorial in Chicago, it was such a special memory to make.

Date: 2016-10-29 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] addie71.livejournal.com
I’m happy you were able to make the service and share the experience with us. It’s good to know Aprilkat and Lavender were there and had hugs for you. Knowing the three of you were there eases my heart.

*hugs you so tight*

Date: 2016-10-29 11:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] claudia603.livejournal.com
She loved you. On the day we officially tell her goodbye, that's the one thing I wanted to say, to make sure you know. She loved you.

I only have a minute to stop by the community at this moment, but this brought me to tears. Thank you for this. ♥

Date: 2016-10-30 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com
It was wonderful to meet you! i'm an awkward introvert, so I'm warmed knowing you feel that way too! OK--I think I have seen your LJ names before--I didn't really come into this group of people I call my hobbit posse until about 2009. I didn't know you lived in this area, too. Gosh, isn't it like Julia to be bringing us all together.! What an amazing service that was and what a lovely family. If only she was there with us. *teary smile*

I will post tomorrow all about the things Bob told us about Julia that I can remember and the pics of her they had there--I got home late today.

You were very special to Julia--that was clear when she mentioned you wth love in her voice. *hugs*

Date: 2016-10-30 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-wonderer.livejournal.com
I remember you as Aratlithiel and I remember your lovely stories. I'm so glad you were able to attend her service today. It's nice to know her fan fiction family was well represented there. It was so good that the three of you could attend. Thank you for sharing with all of us who could not be there today.

Date: 2016-10-30 03:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lbilover.livejournal.com
Thank you for letting us know that the service was lovely. It means so much to those of us who wanted to attend but couldn't. I'm so glad that you and Aprilkat and Carole were able to be there for it, even if it was hard.

Date: 2016-10-30 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verangel.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for this. It's comforting and sounds like how I would think her send off would be. I made sure she knew I loved her all the time and she did me just as she did everyone she connected with. I am grateful she knew she was so loved as she passed. Hugs you!! V

Date: 2016-10-31 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzy-74.livejournal.com
Oh, hi. Yes, I remember you.

I'm glad you were able to attend the service. Thank you for sharing. *hugs*
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