Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Elizabeth Blue

We had an extraordinary service for Elizabeth Blue, in Tucson, Arizona, on October 13, 2012.  There were friends and family (and a few who’d always wanted to know her),  representing all the different aspects of Elizabeth: family, friends, teachers, travel companions, healers, students… from Tucson, Seattle, Berkeley, L.A., San Diego, Colorado and Boston. It was everything I’d hoped it would be, bringing to light many of the facets of Elizabeth, with such love, grace, humor, tears and laughter.

It was 3 hours long, and I couldn’t bring myself to edit out any of it, so it’s here in its entirety. If you want to watch parts, here is the program so you can skip around.

Program included:
Views of the altars (silent)
Amazing Grace sung by Zelie Duvauchelle
“Tucson My One True Love” poem by Elizabeth Blue read by Lucia Maya
Welcome by John Morgan
Speakers/Eulogies by Kathleen Bowman, Felice Espinoza, Josh Bowman, Samantha Salazar
Poems by Elizabeth Blue read by Jane Hans, Tashe Kurland, Julianna Meagher, Victoria Joy, Zelie Duvauchelle
Slideshow of Elizabeth Blue in Pictures
Stories and Remembrances of Elizabeth Blue from those gathered
“In the Presence of Death” by Kathleen Bowman, harpist
Kaddish, Jewish Prayer for the Dead, read by David Hans
Circle Ritual of Remembering and Release
“My Wish for You” poem/blessing by Elizabeth Blue read by Greg Meagher

Lucia Maya

I live and write in Makawao, on Maui, Hawaii. I write on my blog about my experience with my daughter Elizabeth Blue, during the last year of her life living with cancer and dying in a state of grace. I follow my passion in my work, doing Energy Healing (Reiki, Karuna Reiki and Craniosacral work) and spiritual counseling, in person and at a distance, teaching Reiki and facilitating spiritual workshops. I have a blog on my site as well!

4 thoughts on “Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Elizabeth Blue

  1. During “stories and remembrances,” a woman named Hilda stands up to talk about connecting with Elizabeth in another world…and that Elizabeth wants to be her apprentice…what is it that Hilda does?

    By the way, I’ve been absorbing this blog for a little over a month now, and it’s amazing and it’s touched me so…thank you!


    1. Thank you for writing! The woman you mention is actually Celia Blackwood, a shamanic practitioner in Tucson, AZ. You can learn more about her and her practice here: Heartstone Healing. She has been a Reiki student of mine, and works primarily as a shaman in the Peruvian tradition, connecting with the other worlds to offer healing and messages.
      I’m glad to connect with you here. Many blessings, Lucia


  2. I so wish I had a video of Vic’s memorial service. On the other hand, I think I would truly have drowned in grief if I had. I would have become obsessed with it. This was such a beautiful service and truly a celebration of Elizabeth’s life.


    1. I knew I wanted it videotaped, as I wouldn’t remember most of it, and also for those who couldn’t travel to attend. I am grateful to have it, but don’t know if or when I’ll ever want to watch it. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch it!


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