Apr 24- Goodbye, Brian

Meditation: Calm, Timed Meditation
Length: 5 minutes
Where: Hotel Room, Huntington, IN
How It Felt: Sad but full of love

Yesterday we said goodbye to our friend who was family, Brian McCoy.

It was good to be with family and loved ones, many we hadn’t seen since well before the pandemic. It was wonderful to connect, and comforting to say goodbye together. We shared stories, ate and drank together, remembering the good times and the crazy times. Brian left me the most thoughtful gift- a special, signed Red Wings puck, because we bonded with him and his beautiful wife, Heidi, over Red Wings hockey. My favorite.

We never made it to a game together, which is something to remember. Do the things while you can. Don’t wait. Life goes by too fast to wait.

There were toasts- many toasts- we are a Catholic family! There was love. So much love.

At night, we released lanterns into the sky and let him go. We stayed up telling stories, playing cards, talking about everything until the wee hours of the night.

So blessed to have my people. They are amazing people, and I belong to them, and they belong to me. I can’t believe how lucky that makes me.

I meditated before bed, but I just wanted to reflect on Brian and my family, so I chose a timed meditation without guidance. I breathed in and out, let tears roll down my face, and gently said goodbye one last time on my own.

You’ll be missed, friend.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J Fox