Wanted to give you a heads up on some different/special things we wanted to do to "Celebrate Kirah”. We know you will come to the visitation with a certain person/people in mind to see, but maybe not all five of the Elliott clan. Therefore, the Elliotts will be spread out in front. Let me paint a word picture for you. Think of a race track that loops around the infield. You will come into the sanctuary looping from the back to the front. If there is someone you wish to speak to, make a pit stop to the infield where they stand, if not keep going around the track. That will mean there will be two loops, the inside and outside track. Feel free to move in and out of those loops as you speak to my family. When you have spoken to all you wish, head up the isle to leave or find your seat. We are not traditionalists and will not be hurt at all if you do not speak to us. Also, we believe this system will help the line keep moving. Come to the early visitation or the one after the service. If you do not get to spend enough time with us…..please know our door on Corby Bridge is always open to you!!! Always!
Special memories are mostly all we have left of Kirah. There will be many tables for you to look at sharing memories of Kirah and tables for you to share the Kirah you knew. This is a time of healing and hope for all! We would like to give you an opportunity to share these memories and stories. One way is to write these down. You may write these memories and stories down ahead of time if they are long and you want to think the wording through, or write them Saturday with the supplies we provide. If they are only for the family to read, please put the word in big letters “PRIVATE” on top and put them in the box provided. If all can read what you have written they will be put on the “Kirah Tree of Memories”. Look for the table with branches on it to do these things. There will be someone there at that table to help you. Later we will post allowed memories and stories on caring bridge. Also, please bring pictures you would like to share that have Kirah in them. We will also have a table for you to share these pictures. For years to come we would be blessed by the pics, memories, and stories you have of her.
A.k.a.HOPE will have a display. The Skiera family whose daughter and son-in-law started that mission’s organization will be at this table. My heart is overwhelmed with joy that Kirah’s memory will live on by helping these children!!!
At this time questions arise, like will I see her body, what I should wear, or what should I say. My sweet, silly Kirah had a fear of ants and worms, so the thought of her body being in the ground with them freaked her out. Her wish was to be cremated. We will not be displaying the ashes. This is not a funeral, but a celebration so we want the focus to be on hope and life! Clothing wise, wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Lastly, please do not feel pressured thinking you must have the right words to say or I do not want to make them cry. We all loved Kirah!!! No words can erase our missing her and some tears will come. A gentle hug, I am praying for you, etc. is what you and I both need. We love YOU!
“May your unfailinglove rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:22