Thursday, January 8, 2009

Opportunities to Express Joy and Sorrow

Dear Friends and Family

Please pass this far and wide.

There are many ways to think and feel about Jesse, both his life here with us, as well as his passing. We are all still close to the shock, sadness, anger and a myriad of other feelings we face when thinking of this great loss. At this time, we would like to provide a variety of opportunities for people to express their joys and sorrows.

There will be a funeral at 11 am at Ker-Westerlund and Fleming on 57 High Street on the way in to downtown Brattleboro. A municipal lot is available a few doors away on High Street. This will be followed by a burial at the King Cemetery on Fox Road in Marlboro at approximately 12:00-12:30 pm.

The funeral and burial are open to one and all!!!

Parking will be along Fox Road between Ames Hill and Stark's Road. Carpool if you can, and dress for a snowy wood. Please do not block the cemetery entrance, plowing and sanding will be done for ease of access.

On Saturday, there will be a celebration of Jesse's life at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center from 1-3 pm..

Many of us gain comfort by being with others in an informal setting to speak of Jesse while others prefer a public forum to make a community offering. Some like to write, some to speak through music or art.

We will begin with an informal gathering at 1 pm to talk with friends, family and neighbors and enjoy refreshments in this beautiful space. At 2 pm we will convene to listen to the heartfelt thoughts, songs, poems, memories, prayers and well wishes.

In the spirit of keeping a graceful flow, we ask that you speak or perform from the heart and use lean expression as we expect many will want to share. We will close at 3pm.

If you are not comfortable sharing in this format, you may visit Jesse’s “shrine” and leave your thoughts in silence or writing. These writings will be copied and shared with Lisa and Ed in a book for each of them. They will then be burned in a later ritual and the ashes placed in a handmade vessel as a tangible and sacred record.

Those unable to attend may send words for this express purpose to me over the coming week.

For directions go to

For parking we recommend the Marlboro College Graduate Center next door.

Jodi Paloni, Marlboro

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