Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joan Casey Update #25: Our Wedding @ SPC

This is a 8-minute video clip that highlights our wedding on June 17, 1990

What a Happy Day our wedding was!
And, what a happy marriage it produced.
The Celebration of Joan's Life at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church on May 21 recalled the earlier event and infused its happiness into people's hearts all over again!
It certainly lifted my spirits to recall, experience again, and anticipate such infectious joy in the future.
And, I know Joan was very happy!
Just take my word for it...

A trip to the Sausalito Church website will provide another chance to view the above clip, plus more pictures taken and posted by our friends afterwards - which was also amazing!
Enjoy this as I have.
I expect to show it at the final Memorial for Joan - at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, June 4 at 2 PM.
Come one, come all to remember Joan's irrepressible persona...
Recorded music and light refreshments to follow.
An AD in the Herald will repeat this invitation more widely, starting this Sunday and running for 3 days...

Joan Casey Update #24: On Clowns

Joan - before John
Joan as Lily
Lily & Big Red - A Clown Couple

Joan meets Corpulent Critter (Big Red has grown really big!
Critters as Ushers @ Joan & John's Wedding

Friday, May 20, 2016

Joan Casey Update #23: Celebration of Life Video

Ms Joan Casey

I arrived in San Francisco yesterday and came straight to Joan's house with our friend Ilya.
The house was immaculate and I can imagine Joan exclaiming it was so wonderful. The weather was bright but windy, giving motion to trees and clouds outside the kitchen windows.

Joan's oldest Cousin, Clifford McCormick and Juanita, his wife of over 67 years, arrived before 6 PM after driving up from Palm Springs in one day.

Our friend Fedor came soon after with bags of groceries to cook his famous 'weapon', a potato dish with other veggies, herbs, etc. 
It smelled wonderful and tasted even better! 

He also made a great salad with cabbage, lemon and pomegranate seeds which complimented the 'weapon' very well. 
And, he made a terrific mushroom dish with beef that rounded out the meal. 

Of course, a little wine was also in order, followed by cookies and chocolate.

This welcoming dinner ended up including 8 people, plus a neighbor who dropped in. 
Missus Joan would have been proud - and very happy!

Afterwards, we watched our Wedding Ceremony on DVD/TV - all 90 minutes of it, with just a few fast-forwards. 

A good time was had by all, especially under the circumstances under which we had gathered. 
A really good sleep followed.

This morning, Rev George McLaird came by to meet with me and ended up talking with Cliff, Juanita, Ilya and me for almost 2 hours! 
He had brought a printed program that looks just great.

So, tomorrow is the day we travel to Sausalito for Joan's Celebration of Life. 
Joan with some Lad in Dingle, Ireland
I expect a pretty good crowd to exchange pleasant memories in good fellowship - another thing much valued by Joan.

Our friend, Robin Sinclair - who sang at our wedding - produced a short clip of our wedding from the original tape which will be added to the website at Sausalito Presbyterian Church.
John with some Irish Lass

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Joan Casey Update #22: A Rose 4 U

Mt Baker - Photo by Friend who also took 'Mountain Bliss'

Mountain Bliss
I'm now getting ready to visit San Francisco again, this time to participate in Joan's Celebration of Life at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church. 
That is expected to be a big event, just as she might like. 
The Program looks great, as does the Video of our Wedding, the Music selected, and the Speakers.

But, the main thing Joan liked were the People! 
Many will be there, missing a few who have also passed away.
Yes, the occasion will be as joyous as possible, even without Joan's delightful presence!

My son, Tom, sent me a picture of a Rose from Joan's Memorial Service in Yonkers.
This is for you, Wee Lambie...

A Rose for Joan

Monday, May 16, 2016

Joan Casey Update #21: A 400-Word Speech +/-

View from our deck
After Joan and I were married by Reverend George McLaird on June 17, 1990 at SPC, I made the small mistake of introducing her as my wife, Joan. 
She quickly informed me that she was Joan [COMMA] my wife! 
I ever forgot that again...

Joan was unique among anyone I ever met. 
She seemed to operate at a faster, higher, and more motivated pace in her life. 
I saw this as good, and immediately was drawn to her - as fortunately, she was to me. 
We connected on many levels, and still do.

Joan was/is a true seeker for the meaning of life. 
The Dalai Lama's simple definition of Buddhism as a school of thought was "loving-kindness"
That resonated, and was all Joan needed to begin her vigorous exploration of Buddhism!

Buddhism is based upon the Three Jewels; Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
Buddha means enlightenment. 

Dharma means the path one chooses to achieve enlightenment. 

Sangha means the people one chooses to associate with during their search.

Joan also found all three elements at SPC; inspiration, opportunity to turn inspiration into good works, and wonderful people who helped and were with her along the way!

To Joan, the number 3 had significance: The Three Jewels; Body, Speech and Mind; and the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Other numbers were also significant: 05/16/1941,  01/14/1984, and 06/17/1990. (Her Birthday; the Day we met; the Day we married).

As I flew home today from Joan's Memorial in Yonkers, NY - her home town - it occurred to me that she may still prefer those numbers, all with the years left out.

I also suspected she may have become reborn as I was thinking about it! 

I hope she was, so she could continue her loving-kindness from a new, broader and even more beneficial perspective!

Maybe as a 
Dakini or even a Bodhisattva?  
Why not?

That would be very good, and I'm certain she would love her new Role in the Greater Scheme of Things!

I will always love Joan, as her Spirit will live into Eternity. 

The singing group, Alabama, created lyrics, which said "She's close enough to perfect for me".

Little Joanie Casey; 

Lily of the Pink Spirit, 
Lambit: J-KC; 
my Dear Dee!

A very small part of you is now reunited with your Father, Mother and Brother, under the Casey Headstone at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

Just like you said when you first saw the Home we bought together, "What do I have to do to live here?" 

Easy answer!
Just "keep beaming your radiant Dee-ness" through your bright eyes and wonderful smile!
Padmasambhava Thanka hanging in our home

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Joan Casey Update #20: Yonkers Memorial

Tom & John @ Rory Dolan's
Kathy Casey & Patsy McCann @ Rory Dolan's
Joan's Memorial Celebration of Life at Flynn's Memorial Home was done well, including Fr Michael Connelly, a Franciscan Priest. He had prepared by reading about Joan in this blog and in talking over the phone. He read from Saint Francis of Assisi, recognized Joan's Buddhist beliefs and Christian upbringing, said a moving prayer and recognized several people who had vivid memories of Joan.

I had selected music to play on my computer and said a few words about my dear Joanie.
About 2 dozen were in attendance, including the following relatives and friends: Me and my son, Tom Watts; Sister-in-Law Kathy Casey & and her friend Karen Sharman; Cousin Barbara Hollander & her husband Ted; Cousin Bob Casey & his wife Kathy; Cousin Brian McCormick & his wife Lynn; Ethel Bridbury, friend of Sister-in-Law Kathy Casey; Catriona Borlan, friend of Sister-in-Law Kathy Casey; Cousin Eileen Morison; Cousin Kathleen Wallace; Cousin John Wallace & wife Carolyn.

There were 2 nice pictures of Joan displayed, 4 Flower arrangements, and 3 artifacts I wanted interred with Joan's cremains; a Necklace made by her Teacher, which she wore as she passed away, a Tele with relic she often wore, and a piece of GIDDY's [her favorite Cat] - collar. 
Printed Prayer Cards were also available. Those attending were invited to take a red rose in remembrance of Joan.

Afterward, the group was invited back to Kathy Casey's home -1 block from where Joan grew up - for a reception and viewing of Joan's Wedding DVD. Later, a smaller group met for dinner at Rory Dolan's, a local Irish Restaurant & Bar.

The following day, Sunday May 15, Kathy took us to Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY, where we viewed where Joan's final resting place the Casey Burial Plot, where her name will be added. Now, on to the next Memorial - at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church - on Saturday May 21 at 1 PM. All are invited...

Tom, John & Kathy @ Casey Headstone

Friday, May 13, 2016

Joan Casey Update #19: Rarest of the Rare!

Dancing in Arizona
All Rainbow Bodies Are Welcome to Our Home

During our early relationship, I found myself at a career crossroads, having to seek help from a professional Career Councilor in an effort to seek a new job.
This was the first time anything like this had happened to me, but I determined it was needed.
The guy was quite helpful and proved a relief from the do-it-yourself approach of using the book ‘What Color is Your Parachute’.

As part of the counseling, a Myers-Briggs Personality Type test was given, and because Joan & I were a couple, we both took the test, individually.
The results were interesting to say the least; showing that we were very similar, sharing the indicators N (intuitive), F (feeling) and J (judgmental).
Only the first indicator showed a difference; Joan was an Introvert and I was an Extrovert.
Go figure!
Joan was about as outgoing a person as I have met, while I an somewhat reserved most of the time.

But the difference between an I and a E can be big, I’s represent about 25% of those tested, while E’s account for 75%. The types just view things from a different perspective, both necessary and important. 

Joan reacted to these findings with joy and amazement, because she found answers to questions about herself that she had often wondered about.
The MBPT test revealed to her things that explained why she had always felt a little different from most people, almost a misfit at times.
At last, she felt satisfied with this explanation.
After all the years when she worried, now she didn’t have to.
What a relief that was to her!
She actually became proud of her uniqueness, literally as the rarest of the rare Personality Type; only 1% of those tested were INFJ’s.

As it turned out, my type -ENFJ- is the second most rare, at about 4%. Together, we made a rare couple, that shared rarities!
This was a memory that we never forgot, because it helped both of us better understand ourselves. 

Green Tara Thanka

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Joan Casey Update #18: Photos from Mt Tamalpais 1998

Joan on Mt Tam 1998
Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is a very popular hiking destination, especially in the Bay Area.
There are good reasons for this; it's close to SF and the Golden Gate Bridge; there a variety of trails traversing several types of terrain; there are world-class views! At the summit -a little over 2500 feet- one can see panoramic views of San Francisco & beyond, East Bay cities and skyline, the Bay itself; the GG Bridge & surrounds, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Pacific Ocean. Trails range from coastal, to steep, to ridge lines, to wooded areas, to creeks with waterfalls. It is a uniquely beautiful area, and it hosts many hikes every day of the week. No wonder it is so popular!
John & Joan on Mt Tam 1998
This day, we took good friends from east of Sacramento up to explore a few trails and views, despite the blustery weather. One of Joan's oldest friends, Maryanne Beckford, with whom she came to California in 1965 - that's right - and her husband Joe with us to see what we could see, which was plenty!
Joe Beckford & Joan on Mt Tam 1998
Joan posed with Joe, while Maryanne took the picture. Both Maryanne and Joe came to our wedding in 1990. Those were happy days! Unfortunately, Joe had passed away about a week before Joan did, in April 2016. Maryanne didn't want to tell us while Joan was in the hospital, which was a good thing. Maryanne will attend Joan's Memorial Service at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 21 at 1 PM. Bless her, she will say a few words...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Joan Casey Update #17: Happenings You Might Like To Hear About

Our Wedding @ Sausalito Presbyterian Church - June 17, 1990
• Hey Deebit, remember this day?
I just had our wedding video digitized so I could watch it again on my computer.
Guess what? It was even more of a happy event than I recalled!
Maybe, I can get it edited enough to show the highlights on May 21!
You were absolutely stunningly radiant - something I have remembered, as have many others who were there...

• Another interesting development is that the US Corps of Engineers have now officially denied a permit to SSA-Marine for the huge Coal Terminal proposed for Cherry Point!
The reason given was that the expected additional negative impacts to tribal fishing rights violated the Treaty of 1855.
Remember the day we went to the Lummi event at which they burned a big check in effigy? 
It must have worked! Now, maybe a realistic use can be found for this site.
What? You want to buy it for a memorial park? Maybe, a buyer can be found who will protect this fragile shore area....

• Also, remember when you had doubts about the weather here? One of the things that helped ease that anxiety was when you first drove past the Mt Baker Winery and Vineyards - that convinced you that if grapes could be grown here, the weather mustn't be so bad!
Well, today, that winery is for sale - is that a harbinger of worse weather? I don't think so, but you never know...

• Regina came for a third day to gather, sort and list your clothes; still not finished. Hate to remind you, but you had WAY too many clothes!
Don't worry they're going to a place where they'll be put to good use - the Assistance League. I know you'll approve...

• The Memorial Service in Yonkers is coming up next Saturday. I'll be flying into Newark where son Tom will meet me for the trip to Yonkers and back.
We'll stay with Kathy Casey, your brother's widow, whose been very helpful in the arrangements. Brian is coming and bringing your Cousin, Jeanne.
Your friend Patsy will be there, too. We plan an Irish meal at Rory's after the Memorial.

• Your Cousin, Jed, sent me a great poem that will be included in the Sausalito Memorial the following Saturday.
Bud & Juanita will be coming and stay at Surrey Street with me.
The Brothers K will be cooking a 'weapon' the day I arrive.
Rev George is going to officiate at SPC and has been a terrific help, along with your friends Mimi and Georgianne.
And, the Dzogchen Community has been invited, along with your friend Nora.
No idea how many may come, but a bunch!
I picked a lot of songs and music, but expect the main ones will be One Hand, One Heart - sung at our wedding - and the Song of the Vajra, also chanted at our wedding...
Joan & Cousin Jed, the Mountaineer
• Here's the Poem Jed sent, especially with you in mind!

Here in Kathmandu 
by Donald Justice

We have climbed the mountain.
There's nothing more to do.
It is terrible to come down
To the valley
Where, amidst many flowers,
One thinks of snow,

As formerly, amidst snow,
Climbing the mountain,
One thought of flowers,
Tremulous, ruddy with dew,
In the valley.
One caught their scent coming down.

It is difficult to adjust, once down,
To the absence of snow.
Clear days, from the valley,
One looks up at the mountain.
What else is there to do?
Prayer wheels, flowers!

Let the flowers
Fade, the prayer wheels run down.
What have they to do
With us who have stood atop the snow
Atop the mountain,
Flags seen from the valley?

It might be possible to live in the valley,
To bury oneself among flowers,
If one could forget the mountain,
However, once looking down,
Stiff, blinded with snow,
One knew what to do.

Meanwhile it is not easy here in Kathmandu,
Especially when to the valley
That wind which means snow
Elsewhere, but here means flowers,
Comes down,

As soon it must, from the mountain.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Joan Casey Update #16: Obituary

Joan Casey - Beaming Radiant Dee-ness!
Joan Kathryn Casey - Born 05/16/1941 in Mount Vernon, NY to her parents, Paul E Casey & Eleanor Hunter Casey, she took her last breath on 04/12/2016 in Redding, CA with her husband, John and her Vajra Sister, Nora McKay, at her side.

Joan’s death was peaceful, resulting from respiratory failure and other complications while at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, CA

She is survived by her husband & life companion for over 32 years, John Watts of Bellingham, WA, her Step-son, Tom Watts of Charlotte, NC, and her Sister-in-law, Kathy Casey of Yonkers, NY

Joan valued the higher meanings in life, and having viewed Catholic, Presbyterian and Buddhist perspectives, she saw commonalities rather than differences. 

Joan was a devout Buddhist, first introduced to Buddhism by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, leader of the Dzogchen Community, in the Vajrayana tradition. She passed away while surrounded by precious Buddhist prayers, artifacts and friends, which greatly eased her transition from life toward rebirth. She valued meditation as a skillful means to discover Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and to practice with translating Body, Speech & Mind into action.

Joan dearly loved Nature, in all its aspects; Mountains, Forests, Fields, Streams, Ocean, and especially, Birds of the Sky. She freely supported causes dedicated to conservation and preservation of the natural world.

She strongly supported the cause of Social Justice and helped people through giving to various charities, as well as issues including Water Supply protection and Public Parks.

Joan was a believer in World Peace, and often participated in the political process to make her values known. She also gave tangible assistance to worthwhile organizations to help people of Tibetan culture.

The people Joan loved most were her family and friends, which were many, because she made friends easily and often. She was a member of a number of circles, both formal and informal, which discussed and advocated good will. Her extended family included in-laws, outlaws and special persons, including a large Russian immigrant family she loved.

Music was important to Joan and she loved opera, theater, and meditative music best.

Joan lived for adventure and having memorable experiences! Outdoors, she enjoyed hiking the best, followed by van camping, backpacking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. She was a Taurus Earth Mother and liked being that! She was a member of Sierra Club, CA AlpineClub, Mountaineers, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Whatcom Land Trust, WAKE, Nooksack Nordics, Mt Baker Hiking Club and others.

She was an avid traveler, constantly seeking new places to visit and explore. Her travels extended through Southeast Asia, Nepal, India, Europe, Scotland, Ireland, Central America, Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Russia.

Joan was naturally smart, but continued to love learning and read prolifically on religious themes, popular books, NYT Editorials, New Yorker, health, and food. All-Life-Learning was a frequent pursuit, in particular the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.

Joan was a Feminist, and cared about the special roles that women play, and their growing roles into the modern day and beyond. She was strongly independent in her thinking, and comfortable in her own skin, but also valued the opinions of others. As a single woman for 49 years, she excelled at computer programming, using intense focus and intuitive skills to determine solutions to problems. She and two friends made their way to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965, where she made it her home until moving to Bellingham, WA in 1990, the year she married for the first time. She was proud of the fact that she was able to secure a loan in 1978 for the purchase of a small Victorian house in the Glen Park Neighborhood of San Francisco, a place she made a Home, and continued to own and remodel until her death. She loved all her neighborhoods and frequently was involved in gatherings - her specialty!

Joan enjoyed ‘pinking and fluffing’ in a hot shower every day, and was the willing recipient of many nicknames assigned by her husband. Most of these contained reference to the word ‘Dee’, as in ‘Bird-a Dee’ and the like. Her look of love she called ‘Beaming Radiant Dee-ness’!

Joan loved Food! She cooked, endlessly reviewed recipes, and ate with gusto - whether at home, dining out, or with groups of friends. But, she had to be careful with food because of a severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts in general. 

Joan had a bit of a clothes fetish, enjoying the search for comfortable, yet classy looks. Most of the time she wore outdoor wear, like hiking shorts, T-shirts, fanny pack, rain gear and the like. But, she ‘cleaned up’ nicely - as the Irish say - and felt at ease in almost any setting. In short, she was a ‘Class Act’!

She became an Apple nut, when introduced to iMac, PowerMac, iPad and iPhone. Though opting not to become a ‘techie’, she enjoyed using these electronic tools as a means of keeping up with news, contacting her friends and generally having a good time on the Amazon site and other Internet venues.

Joan seemed to have boundless energy, even when challenged by various physical ailments. Nothing seemed to slow her down for very long, although she also liked relaxation, too - when she had time for it. 

But, the main memory of Joan has to be her innate honesty, strength of character, clean-cut features, her outspokenness, bright smile and absolute love of laughter and joy. What a wonderful, loving spirit she was! A lasting legacy for such a beautiful human being can only be inadequately described….

Friday, May 6, 2016

Joan Casey Update #15: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Memorial Service

Joan Casey
Today, plans have been firmed up for Joan's Memorial Service at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
It will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 1207 Ellsworth, in Bellingham on Saturday, June 4 at 2 PM. Reverend Paul Beckel will officiate. Details follow later.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Joan Casey Update #14: Our Wedding

Missus Joan - smiling as usual!
Today has been a day of recuperation for me. I am now finally feeling a little exhaustion, physically, mentally and emotionally, but I'll get over it - because I must.
Joan would want me to stay strong and focussed, and I am going to do that - for her, and myself.
As Winston Churchill used to say "I'll be better in the morning"!

So, instead of stalling out, I'm going to enjoy some very pleasant memories - of which there have been many with Missus Joan!
She once told me that her life was never dull; and when it headed that way, she would do something to get it back on track.
That has been a lasting impression of my dear wife that I have consistently enjoyed with her.
By mutual consent, we have collected 'experiences', and what a collection we have accumulated!

So, going back to the time when I had known Joan just over 6 years - I am posting our printed 7-page wedding program. I've also located the 45-minute long video tape made, now being digitized.

That day - June 17, 1990 - was the happiest complete day that I had ever witnessed with Joan; her photogenic cheeks actually ached from the continuous smiles and laughter!
She was definitely in her natural element and everyone knew it.

Pictures will come later, but here is the 7-page program:
Page 1 of 7

Page 2 of 7
Page 3 of 7

Page 4 of 7

Page 5 of 7

Page 6 of 7
Page 7 of 7
That's it for now. Good night, Missus Joan......
I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was twenty-six. Religion offered nothing to the point. Even work could not give me complete satisfaction. Work is futile if we cannot utilize the experience we collect in one life in the next. When I discovered reincarnation . . . time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock. . . . I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us. HENRY FORD

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Joan Casey Update #13: Red Cedar Zen Memorial

Program for Memorial Service May 4, 2016
A wonderful meditative service for Joan was held tonight at the Red Cedar Zen Dharma Hall.
Her friends from the Mountaineers were especially prevalent, as well as practicing members from the Zen Center, her neighborhood, wine-tasting group and progressive political circle. 
In many cases, these categories overlap considerably! 

This was a special honor for Joan - and to her memory for the good works for which she has always been known. 
She had specifically requested this particular memorial service as one of her last wishes. 
I know that it will greatly help in her journey toward a well-favored rebirth! 
Bless her kind spirit....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Joan Casey Update #12: SPC Information

Sausalito Presbyterian Church

This is a photo of SPC, where Joan's Memorial Service will be held on May 21 at 1pm.
Their website is at this URL, where much more information is available, including directions and parking locations for those visiting for the first time.
Rev George McLaird
George performed the marriage ceremony for Joan and me on June 17, 1990 at SPC.
It was a very special event that lasted 45 minutes, and was graciously filmed for us.
The Song of the Vajra sung during this Wedding Ceremony is reproduced here:

Now, George will also perform Joan's Memorial Service. He asks that those wishing to speak follow  the Guidelines shown below:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Joan Casey #11: San Francisco- Glen Park Neighborhood Gathering

Joan's Neighbors in Glen Park, San Francisco - A Special Remembrance!

Two very short videos; Joan serving wine & kids playing on floor at Christmas 2014

Many thanks to Joan's neighborhood friends for holding this celebration of her life! Although we had moved away in 1990, she remained connected with her neighbors and looked forward to seeing them every time we visited SF. 

Although, we rented her home for many years, the last 3+ years were spent in supervising the restoring, repairing, remodeling and expanding living space in her prized 100+ little Victorian House on Surrey Street. 

I called it her 'little old lady' house, because she held onto it with tenacity as a treasured residence, filled with memories, joy and light. And, she had proudly bought it in 1978, with a rare loan for a single woman, which she delighted in paying off!

Always wiser than me in valuing things, Joan's vision was again proved when after she had found a builder she trusted and very much liked, she proceeded to define her dreams one at a time, until actually realizing them as having come true! Bravo! Missus Joan! The result is a home anyone would like to live in, including Joan. 

And, although Bellingham had long ago become her/our main home and community, she loved the idea of having a SF nest to visit, entertain guests and serve as a comfortable home away from home for extended periods. This wish had come true, before she left SF for the last time.....

After much consultation and thought, I've selected the following music for Joan’s memorial service at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church on May 21 at 1 PM:

1. One Hand, One Heart - from West Side Story - [Original Cast]
[sung at our wedding by Lynn Stradley

2. Song of the Vajra - a Buddhist chant created and sung by her Teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

3. Ode to Joy - Beethoven

4. Canon in D - Pachebel

5. Dona Nobis Pacem - YouTube Botticelli/Brigham

6. Sheep Safely Graze - Bach 

7 Ave Maria - Schubert YouTube The Priests

8. GrandCanyon Suite - Ferde Grofe (instrumental)

9. Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Gluck

10. "On Eagle's Wings" - YouTube [Josh Groban Lyrics]

11. "The Soft Goodbye" - YouTube [Celtic Woman]

12. Sound of Music - YouTube  [Julie Andrews]

13 True Love - YouTube [Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly]

14. You’ll Never Walk Alone - YouTube Susan Boyle

15. Amazing Grace - YouTube -Elvis Presley 

16. Wind Beneath My Wings - I have Willie Nelson

17. Everlasting Road - Kitaro I have Album

18. Farewell - John Doan [Instrumental] I Have Album - Eire:Isle of the Saints
Now, I'm told to pick ONE of these as the theme during Memorial Service, with rest to be played either before or afterwards. 
That would have to be No. 2, I think.