Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
My sister, and dearest friend in the world has died of pancreatic cancer. We are planning a Celebration of Life party for friends and family and I am trying to come up with wording for the invitations. Maybe i'm just still numb, but I can't think of how to word this invitation. Everyone here seems so adept at putting their thoughts down in the various forums. Does anyone have any ideas for me or experience in this to give me a kick-start. I've been looking at a blank page since 6:30 this morning. I would so appreciate any help or direction. You could pm me or reply here.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Since you say it's a celebration of life party, I would start by telling friends and family to come prepared with pictures of your sister and stories about her they want to share. It's hard to get to a party and then be asked to speak and your mind is blank. You know there's plenty to say about the person but can't retrieve it on the spot. If you know it's coming, you can decide beforehand what you want to share with everyone.
I take it everyone invited already knows about her parting so you don't have to go into details about that in the invitation. Focus on what your sister was like while she was living, not how she died.
I haven't had a lot of experience with this kind of thing so hopefully someone else can give you more concrete advice. I was a mess when my mom died and hardly remember the dinner at the church after the service. I wouldn't have been up for a celebration of her life so soon after the fact. Everyone grieves differently, though, so I hope this celebration brings you peace and helps you say goodbye to your dearest friend.
I'm so sorry for your loss, Punkin. I would be an absolute mess if my sister died as she is my only sibling and my dearest friend in the world. I'm not very good with with coming up with wording for invitations but why not just take a direct approach and say something to the effect of: We regret the passing of our beloved _______, ______. Please join us for a celebration of her life on..............
Again, my heartfelt condolences.
Punkin, I am so saddened and sorry to read of the loss of your beloved sister. My condolences to you and your family.
I am so sorry, Punkin.
He who laughs last thinks slowest
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My heart and thoughts are with you Punkin. I think you've gotten some good advice here. I like, "Please join us to celebrate the life of (your sister). We will be sharing memories and photographs if you have any to contribute." - or something to that effect.
When my grandmother died, it was the only time all the grandchildren were together in our adult lives. At my mom's house after the funeral we sat around and shared memories of her. It was such a joyous celebration. I've always remembered that.
Count your blessings!
Punkin I am so sorry for your loss.
Punkin I am so sorry to know you have lost your sister. You have come to the right place for ideas; the posts above are full of good ways to approach this invitation. FORT friends always hold us up when we need to be held.