Inuksuk* (Whistler, Vancouver Olympics 2010)
My brother-in-law passed at 5:30 am (Pacific time) on Monday, July 27, 2015.
He was aware of his world until the last night. He joined in conversations with a joke and a smile.
I cherish my memories of him.
Each person whose life he touched, carries a piece of him in their hearts and memories.
Here’s to a life well spent. Good-bye. You are gone from this world, but never will be forgotten.
* In Inuit (and other Artic Circle languages), inuksuk translates into “something which acts for or performs the function of a person.” Traditionally, for example, inuksuk indicated a point of reference, travel route, or spiritual place.
Now the inuksuk symbolizes a variety of attributes, as adopted by non-Artic Circle society/culture. “I was here. I am me. Peace. Understanding/compassion.”
I use the inuksuk to embody “My brother-in-law was here.”