We had a small family memorial service for my mother Liz Klein in the historic Rittenhousetown section of Philadelphia, followed by a scattering of ashes into the waters of her beloved Paper Mill Run (aka Monoshone Creek), a tributary of the Wissahickon. Afterwards we all gathered at Sazon, a great Venezuelan restaurant on Spring Garden Street with yummy chocolates.
Family and friends gather
My brother John reads a eulogy. His wife Eileen holds sunflowers she brought for later
Eileen and granddaughter Rose
We move up a tributary
We pour the ashes into the creek and people are invited to release a sunflower.
Gathered on the rocks
Laura plays on the rock
Tristan in the creek
Cousin Margaret brought a symbolic Liberty Bell
The old paper mill building.
An old rock dam
My best friend from high school, Rui, and I take a selfie.
At lunch afterwards at Sazon on Spring Garden Street, cousins Rose and Gregory dance.
One of the restaurant owners tells us about chocolates.