One of the things we have done is set up a nonprofit in Alex's Memory. As we searched for a name for it, the obvious choice is HOULDING ON & LETTING GO Inc. (I guess the Inc. is just one of those things we need to have). The money donated to this fund will help support Breck Homes as they continue to provide the best care imaginable in a dignified, respectful, and joyful way. This is our way to give back to the people who gave so much to us - and to provide some financial support to people who need their help and cannot afford it.
If you would like to help fund this effort in honor of Alex, your donation can be sent to: 4232 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409 - or just given to one of the family members in person. I promise you, we will put this money to good use and help to "pay it forward." We have applied for our tax exemption, so by the time you are ready to file your 2018 taxes, your contribution will be tax-deductible (if that matters to you).
The other thing we have done in Alex's memory is donate his brain to Mayo Research - and this is something I would urge anyone who has a loved one afflicted by one of the "dementing" (Oh how I loathe that word) diseases - because so far, this is the single best way researchers can learn. The knowledge they will gain from this is to help our children and grandchildren and that is something Alex felt VERY strongly about!
Now it's done - his ashes sit in a beautiful wooden box lovingly made by his best friend, Craig. And some of them are wending their way to Ireland where they will add to the landscape at the Guinness Factory - another thing he would absolutely love.
We will all gather next weekend to reflect and remember and laugh and cry and celebrate all the wonderful things he was to us, and all that he so generously gave to all of us. His brother, sister, sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews are coming from all over the country to be with us, and I can hardly wait to see them all!
The service starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday the 24th at the First Unitarian Society at 900 Mount Curve, Minneapolis. If you can be there, we would love to see you. There will be poetry and music and good stories and Guinness and I hope there will be a lot of laughter among the tears because that's how I will know that he is still a part of all of us who loved him.