DECEMBER 30–Caitlin’s Service Program

For those who would like to take part from a distance, we will be holding Caitlin’s service at 2pm today. I’ve attached a PDF of the program that I put together. I’m so grateful to Caitlin’s dear friend Billy Duffey—who must not have slept a wink the past two nights—who formatted it with all of […]

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DECEMBER 29–Soggy Dollar Boat Days

Caitlin never complained. Her not-complaining actually became a problem—we who knew her best honestly could not tell how she was feeling, because she always put up a good, rather jolly front. Andrew would say, “Hey, Kitty, should we go to a movie today?” Or I would say, “Want to try and go out today?” And […]

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DECEMBER 27–Caitlin’s Services

On Friday afternoon, we will be hosting a private, quiet memorial service for Caitlin in an extremely tiny chapel at the cemetery we have chosen. This will necessarily be a small gathering for our American family and her close friends. At the same time, in Wexford, Ireland, her Irish family will be attending a mass […]

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DECEMBER 26–Boston Globe Tribute to Caitlin

Deep thanks to Bryan Marquard and The Boston Globe for writing this beautiful tribute to Caitlin, and publishing it on the front page today: Caitlin O’Hara, who brought compassion to others while she sought a transplant, dies at 33 Caitlin’s death was ultimately caused by her too-long wait. The surgery itself was technically easier than […]

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DECEMBER 24–All is Bright

It’s Christmas Eve, a night for faith and hope, no matter what your faith, no matter what you hope for. Last night, a visiting friend said he was angry, said, “That’s where I struggle with faith. How could any God allow that to happen?” “No, no, no!” I said. “Please don’t think that. I need […]

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DECEMBER 23–Remedies for LOVE

We came home yesterday. Our wonderfully kind friend Jimmy C sent his plane for us in Pittsburgh, and Oh my God!—it made for an easy, stress-free transfer, and we couldn’t be more grateful. To just get driven to the airstrip, board the plane, kind pilots, up we go, 50 minutes: home. Home. My wonderful sister […]

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DECEMBER 22—Keeping Her Alive

Keeping Kitten Caitlin alive, the way museums do. Caitlin was, honestly, a bit of an art history genius. She found her calling in an AP Art History class at St. Mark’s School —-looking at slides in the dark, there was nothing better, she always said.  At BC, she received the Art History award, and graduated […]

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