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 that honors her life.

We will be hosting a much larger memorial service and celebration of Caitlin’s life in 2017, during finer weather, for everyone who loved her and was touched by her life. We would be so grateful if you all would join us then! In the coming months, we will decide on a date and I will be sure to post it here.

Here is another tribute to Caitlin, from the Metrowest Daily News, written by the very compassionate Bill Shaner:   Ashland’s Caitlin O’Hara remembered as strong, warm after losing battle with CF

Bird, by Caitlin, 2014





Author: kittenupdates

I am the author of CASCADE and LITTLE MATCHES: A Memoir of Grief and Light

17 thoughts on “DECEMBER 27–Caitlin’s Services”

  1. Thank you Maryann……I would love to attend that. I am amazed at how much your daughter looks like you at that age which is when I last saw you. what a beautiful girl inside and out…….I look forward to seeing you in the warmer weather. Take Care and best wishes for your New Year. ❤

  2. Thank you for letting us all know. I will be thinking of you all especially on Friday and saying a prayer for Caitlin. Her drawing of the bird above is beautiful.

  3. Maryanne,
    Thank you for letting us know when we will be able to celebrate Caitlin’s life. I know that Steve thinks about Nick all the time as he was for the past weeks. Much love to you both
    Carol and Steve

  4. Beautiful article. I especially loved the story of Caitlin in kindergarten. That soul she came in with already shining. Sending love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Thanks Maryanne for the news about the memorial services. I loved this article and the one in yesterday’s Boston Globe. Knowing her as a radiant person, I was grateful that Bill Shaner described her with the adoration we all share. I hope that you continue to feel the love of many and great comfort on Friday.

  6. Thank you, Maryanne for the postings and the sharing of the wonderful articles about Caitlin. She was an extraordinary spirit from all you have shared and from all the replies to your writings. She is a bright light for always. I will be thinking about all of you in the little chapel and I will say a quiet prayer for Caitlin and for all of you on Friday afternoon.

  7. Dear Maryanne, Nick & Andrew

    Great job getting the articles in the Boston Globe yesterday and now in the Metrowest Daily News. Word needed to get out.
    Have comfort in the fond memories you will forever hold in your heart of Caitlin.

    Our Thoughts are with you,
    Love, Cheryl & Gary Sutryn

  8. Yesterday I attended a funeral for a 95 year old Marine friend and as I left the cemetery I paused at the memorial of my boys’ childhood friend and another fun loving friend of mine who romped around Africa with me many years ago. Several immediate thoughts: my, they are such good souls; Caitlin you are in good company; and John, Joey and Ann keep an eye on Caitlin. It was a cold blustery indigo clouded morning but a warm large beam of sun broke through and glinted off of the colorful iridiscent beads on Ann’s stone. Message received.

  9. Nick and Maryanne:

    Laura and I are saddened by your tragic loss. Caitlin was s beautiful young woman. None of us granted specific time on earth. Reading about Caitlin and knowing you both she made a 100 year impact on the world. Words can’t capture the love and immense sacrifice you both made. You truly could not have done or given more. We love you and our hearts ache. We will respect your wish and be with you in spirit tomorrow. We will look forward to joining the larger memorial in 2017. God bless and give you strength, love and unity. Until we see see you, our love, Mike and Laura Toner

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