So much has happened in the last month including his death, the arrangements for cremation and the cremation itself, writing an obituary for him which in part informed the obituary in the Chicago Tribune and in full was reproduced in the Windy City Times with my name in the "by-line."
There was also the planning of and experience with Gregory's Memorial at the condo (attended by over 100 people) and the Thank You Memorial at the Lieberman Center (attended by over 150 people.)
The condo memorial was comforting in the traditional Deli Tray Jewish Way including so much food: corned beef, pastrami, turkey, beef, lox, white fish salad, egg salad, chopped liver salad, onion rolls, rye bread, bagels, cream cheeses, cheddar, swiss, munster, cole slaw, potato salad, beverages, and more pastries than you would hope to gain weight over.
The Lieberman memorial brought family and friends as well as residents, residents' families, administrators, department heads, staff, CNA's, custodians, and more. Gregory was so well known and so loved by everyone at Lieberman. Food included pastry leftovers from the condo plus cookies, brownies, chocolate nut toffee, mini-candy bars, MandM's, coffee, tea, and lemonade.
The "More Than Ever Education Fund" is in full flight as Casa Norte plans for its unveiling at the First Annual Spring Education Luncheon. We raised close to $3,000 in contributions in memory of Gregory.
I drove to Battle Creek, Michigan to spend the weekend with Gregory's family. His brother and sister-in-law planned a Memorial Dinner with several of friends as well as family. Many memories were shared and stories told.
So if you haven't already, check out the Alzheimer's Blog for photos, processing, and tears as well as joy. http://mhorvichcares.blogspot.com