This is the second in the two part series remembering the passing of our daughter-in-law Meghan Baker. I hope it will be useful two fold: to us as we look back in the days, months, and years to come and; to those of you that have been with us through this and are interested in some of the events of those few days.
On Friday, we left the Roadrunner for Petrolia near 8:00 AM. My brothers Reid and Brad (with wife Sue) flew in to Detroit late Thursday night and stayed at hotels near the airport. The GPS on the rental car worked fine when they picked up the car, but when they started the drive to Petrolia, it was not working correctly. They had to return to the car rental lot and get another vehicle. They made it to the church on time.
Our friend Tiffany (with son Aaron) drove from Virginia on Thursday. They arrived in the afternoon in time to attend the evening visitation at the funeral home in Petrolia. They spent the night with us at the RV. It is a two hour drive from the RV to Petrolia.
Friday was a beautiful sunny day. We went to Bakers house first, then all drove over to the St Philip's Catholic Church together.
The service began on time at 11:00 AM. We gathered at the back of the church with the Bakers and Meghan's friends who were part of the 'poll bearers'. The service started with "It is Well With My Soul" which Adam requested.
The service was lead by Catholic Deacon Chuck. He offered some prayers and then then six of us spoke about Meghan. Adam led the way with an amazing tribute. We have never been prouder of him as we have these last two years of Meghan's and his journey together.
As I said in a previous post, the service was very well done. It was fitting, appropriate and full of hope. Sometimes funerals are not that way. This was -- and it could not have gone any better.
Afterwards, there was a reception in the parish hall and lots of food. It was nice to meet more of Adam and Meghan's friends.
After the reception we went back over to the Baker's house for a while. Later that evening about 16 drove up to the Bradley cottage near Tobermory, four hours away. That is where Meghan and Adam were to have a public wedding on July 10. (They were married in a private ceremony on March 27 at the Baker's home in Petrolia. They didn't want to make a big deal of the private ceremony and focused more on the July date instead.)
On Friday evening, Pam and I went back to the RV and Brad and Sue and Reid came out on Saturday morning.
The cottage is a wonderful place full of great memories. In the past couple of years Adam and Meghan have been there many times. The Bakers spend a good part of the summer there. Last year (July 2009) we stayed at an RV campground nearby and visited for the first time. The more you spend time there the more attached you become. It is a special place and Meghan wanted her ashes spread there.
Sunday proved to be a bit of a rainy, cloudy day and we spent the day inside. We talked, ate, watched some golf and hockey, worked on a puzzle and talked some more. It was another very important time for Meghan's parents, Adam and Meghan's friends, for us and for Adam.
Most of the friends had to return home and did so on Sunday afternoon. But first, Adam and Kyle took a canoe ride out into the bay.
The whole week was filled with deep emotion: sadness, mourning, grief --- and a wonderful time of reflection and hope and a sense that things will be OK. The process has started but will take all of us time. It is hard to write how much we miss Meghan. We don't get too far ahead of ourselves. Ideas of 'what is next' come and our plans are unfolding a little more each day.
Adam is slowly putting together his plan for the future and is taking it day by day. It is really wonderful to see the progress. At the same time, I know grief takes time and there will be good days and bad days. But we have hope and just as God brought us through last week, I know He will continue to help us all in the days ahead. My heart continues to go out for Adam and for Meghan's parents Bill and Marg.
I needed to go back a bit. I can't believe it all happened last week. Thanks for being part of the Roadrunner Chronicles and viewing today.