My Mother's Dying Wish-Trip Date Set
Organized by: Delci Desiree
EVENT DATE Oct 23, 2015
My mother had a rare kind of uterine cancer (Carcinosarcoma to be exact) , and she has now passed on to a better place, and out of the pain that consumed her the past few months. We will be gathering together as a family to scatter her ashes this fall. Below is information on where she would like this to take place and her reasoning behind it.
(This paragraph written years ago by her, before the cancer) "I want my ashes scattered somewhere that has been in my heart for many years: Durango, Colorado at the Animas River. I only spent a short time in Durango but I always felt that I belonged there. It was my favorite place to go while I was attending Fort Lewis College. I loved the peacefulness. The singing of the birds, the gentle rustle of the leaves, and strength of the roaring river was what my soul seemed to long for then and still does to this day."
It would mean so much to me to have my family(husband, daughter, son and his wife and their children, my sister and her husband) be there together to help each other through this time that we all know can be hard on the people we love. The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing and I want you all to know you have each other to make it through. Coming out of this difficult situation of my fast growing cancer everyone will need a place to connect and share the fun times and memories; time to grieve and relax with one another. I can’t think of a better place than in Durango, close to nature, close to God.
Why Durango? It was my first destination after leaving the shelter of my family at 18 to attend Fort Lewis College and study forestry, my childhood passion. I loved to sit near the Animus River and feel my energy renewed from everything around me. It made me feel full of life, young, excited, and gave me the strength to keep fighting the good fight - living. I want to share this with my family even though I cannot be there physically with them. This to me will have so much meaning as we can all be there together sharing stories, love and support as you take me to the place where I remember feeling so alive and can be one in the areas I held so close.
I know it will be difficult for everyone to afford to gather together but my goal is to have all the family members stay at the Doubletree at the Animus River. I would also like them to be able to experience the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train with the Historic Narration Journey just as I did. Never stop learning. This is my last wish.