Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thinking about Patrick


Patrick Betty and Carolee Crooks
his partner 

Today was Patrick Betty’s funeral at the New Haven funeral home. I
missed the viewing because I started teaching a new course yesterday.
And today the funeral was just for family so I watched it on my computer.
Patrick was such a wonderful man, and that came through everyone
who spoke about him.

It was heartbreaking to listen to his children, to Carolee’s daughter Solana,
and to everyone who spoke who missed him so much.  This is an especially
hard time for people coming through the loss of a loved one because
everything is so different. People can’t hug and comfort the grieving the
way that they normally would. But even though those are the facts of funerals
under COVID-19, Patrick’s funeral was filled with his energy, his love of life,
his determination to be positive, his powerful caring intelligence, and his
determination to discuss what was going on in the world. 

My husband Steven and I loved how direct Patrick was, and his funeral service
made it clear that everyone in his life appreciated that about him. I loved the
video of him singing. He was so talented. We will miss him so much. We wish
him peace person, but we know he won't rest.  Instead he will live on in everyone
who knew him, and inspire us all to live our best lives. Thank you for yours
Patrick.

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