Jodi and I wrote an obituary. It will be in our local paper in a few days, but I know some of you will want the information regarding the service. Here it is:

On the morning of February 5, 2013, the world lost a brilliant light when three-year-old Caemon Patrick Marston-Simmons lost his battle with leukemia.  Caemon was a beloved son, a grandson, nephew, and cousin; he was a chef, a nurse, a musician, and dancer; he was a wise soul, a teacher, and a healer of hearts.

Those who knew him and loved him are heartbroken: his moms, Jodi Simmons and Timaree Marston, his grandparents Patrick and Janet Streight and Kevin Marston, his great-grandmother Evelyn Williamson, his cousins, aunties, uncles, and friends. We are all humbled by his courage and inspired by his love.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Santa Rosa on Saturday, February 16th at noon. All who loved him are welcome.

For those who are thinking about bringing children, we encourage you to do so if you are comfortable. We will involve children in the beginning of the service, and then they will be welcome to either stay in the service or to play in the daycare area or courtyard. (We plan to have a few people to help with childcare.)


15 thoughts on “obituary

  1. Beautiful. No one should ever have to write such words, but i think you managed to touch upon the essence of your beautiful boy (at least from what you have so graciously shared with us). Thinking of you ladies and Caemon constantly.

  2. I just want to say that I don’t know what to say but that I, too, am in a state of thinking of you each near-constantly and sending whatever peace and healing vibes I can. I am so sorry about your beautiful, sweet boy. I was pregnant when he was born and he is, in a strange way, a household name here in VT. My kids ask daily how BG’s Moms are doing…my wife cried with me when I read of his passing. Peace. Love. My eternal best wishes. I’m so sorry.

  3. “For Good” ,from Wicked, has been in my head since I heard the news. The lyrics speak for themselves. May they help heal your heavy hearts.

    I’ve heard it said
    That people come into our lives for a reason
    Bringing something we must learn
    And we are led
    To those who help us most to grow
    If we let them
    And we help them in return
    Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
    But I know I’m who I am today
    Because I knew you…

    But because I knew you
    I have been changed for good

  4. Loving you! Lots of prayer during this time! I too will be wearing my shirt on Saturday and I will be praying for you all!

  5. Walking with Grief — A Celtic Prayer

    Do not hurry as you walk with grief
    It does not help the journey

    Walk slowly, pausing often

    Do not hurry as you walk with grief
    Be not disturbed by memories
    that come unbidden
    Swiftly forgive and let
    Unspoken words, unfinished conversations
    be resolved in your memories

    Be not disturbed
    Be gentle with the one who walks with grief

    If it is you, be gentle with yourself
    Swiftly forgive, walk slowly,
    Pause often,
    Take time

    Be gentle as you walk with grief

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