Memorial for Kerry

Kerry’s memorial in San Francisco, for those who could not attend his funeral.

We are inviting all who wish to remember Kerry to join us at 11:00 AM on Sunday, October 16th for Kerry’s Memorial.

Please read the following for details.

Update: We are gathering together at 11:00 AM on Sunday, October 16th for Kerry’s Memorial.

The Service

We will meet in the parking lot of the South end of Baker Beach. There is a small slope that leads from the parking lot to the beach where we will hold the service.

At the end of this message, you can see a map and a picture of Baker Beach that should help you locate us.

Directions (call if you get lost)

To get to Baker Beach, take Geary Street in San Francisco and head west to 25th Avenue.

Go north on 25th Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard.

Turn right and take the second left onto Bowley Street.

Follow Bowley to Gibson Road, turn right, and follow Gibson to the east parking lot.

After The Service

After the service has ended, we will be holding a picnic at Fort Miley where we will have time to talk to one another and share some lunch. This will be a potluck. Please bring a dish and/or beverage to pass. Plates, flatware, napkins and cups will be provided for you.

Directions

Provided in the link above

Saturday Night

On Saturday night at 9PM some of us are planning to meet at Lime in the Castro area of San Francisco to catch up and meet one another.

Please join us if you can.

Earlier post

Kerry’s friend Tim and I are trying our best to plan a memorial for Kerry. We are planning to hold the memorial on October 16, 2005 in San Francisco, California, in the US.

We are thinking that we will have a short service on the beach, after which some of us can gather at a restaurant or other location to share a meal and some memories.

Tim and I will keep you updated as soon as we have more information and details.

Here is the map of Baker Beach in San Francisco:

Map of Baker Beach

And here’s a photo of Baker Beach, so you know what you’re looking for:

Photo of Baker Beach

1 thought on “Memorial for Kerry”

  1. Wow, what a wonderful memorial that was. We were wondering whether the weather would “cooperate,” and it did, and how. Although the weather forecast had given a chance of rain or fog, it turned out to be one of those rare, San Francisco October warm days. I even have a bit of a sunburn from standing out in the sun for so long. 🙂 Kerry’s friends, coworkers, and students were all represented at Baker Beach on this day, almost one month after Kerry left us.

    We all stood in a semic-circle facing the crashing tide as we took turns giving our own eulogies. We heard from friends and lovers, and every word was precious. I was so happy to meet Kerry’s friends, most of whom I’d heard about over the last few years. The most poignant moments for me were Jeanie (I hope I spelled that right) singing Amazing Grace (what a beautiful voice!) and Tim’s releasing of the single red balloon into the sky. I watched it for as long as I could, as it rose higher and higher to become a single point in the sky.

    Tim, if you are reading this, you did such a fabulous job putting things together. I don’t think it could have gone any better, and I think Kerry would have been both happy and proud. We shared some precious moments together, and we all were able to meet many of the important “others” of Kerry’s life. Mather remarked to me that this memorial served its purpose, and I think I know what she meant–it was an expression of the joy of Kerry and his effect on us.

    On a personal note, I should mention that I found the timing of the memorial to be perfect. The few days following Kerry’s death were full of shock, disbelief, and a kind black sorrow. Although today, even as I write this, I cannot believe that Kerry has left us, I have at least begun to come to terms with some of the realities of Kerry’s death. Had we had that memorial only days after Kerry left us, I would today still be wanting more of the “closure” that I had today.

    This memorial, the way it was held, and the people who attended helped provide me with a greater sense of acceptance of all that has passed in these last few weeks.

    Thanks to all who attended. I was honored to have been able to meet you.

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