The Heart Will Go On

Thank you, everyone, for the very nice comments on Lisa. Maurice and I went to the memorial service at Pere Lachaise to say goodbye to her. There were many people there, many Americans who met Lisa through blogging, and family of Georges and friends of his as well. I shouldn’t be surprised by how many people Lisa had touched either with her blog or in person. She really reached out to people and was involved in their lives.

Pere Lachaise

I have to say the memorial service in a beautiful room at the crematorium at Pere Lachaise was very difficult. All of us were crying before we even entered the room. At one point I sobbed as I was telling Aimee Osbourn-Gille (look at her wonderful tribute to Lisa on Facebook) how great her photo of Lisa was, and the photos she took of Georges and Lisa when they first fell in love. I saw them as I was looking at Lisa’s blog and the photos in a frame were a Christmas gift to Georges from Lisa and as I tried to say this my throat shut down and I could hardly talk. It was hard to see her coffin, her mother, sister and niece trying to hold up and, of course, Georges. Two of Lisa’s friends gave really great talks about Lisa and how much she meant to them and Georges also spoke.
I hope the heart will go on, the soul, the essence of Lisa. I believe we continue on after death. I would love to get a sign from Lisa that she’s there. I hope Georges and his children will feel her presence too. Life goes on even when a hole is left when someone leaves us.
Here is something perfect: Lisa’s ashes will be scattered in two places. First on “Melon Beach” where Georges proposed to Lisa in Saint Raphael and secondly on the water under the Pont des Arts where Lisa and her friend got the “love” locks removed. So fitting. I will think of Lisa each time I see a bridge in Paris.

This wonderful photo of Lisa was taken by Aimee. I think it shows the essence of Lisa-her kindness, her contentment with life.

13 thoughts to “The Heart Will Go On”

  1. I’m very sorry for your loss, for the loss of this dynamic woman. My heart goes out to her family and her many friends.

    and … Cancer makes me mad as hell.

    Thanks for this post, Linda.

  2. Linda, thank you so much for writing this post and sharing with us about Lisa’s memorial service and where her ashes will be scattered. That is beautiful and does seem perfect, though I can only imagine how difficult this all is for you and Lisa’s family and friends.

    Thinking of you and thank you again for writing this.

  3. Linda,

    Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt and moving update on the service. I can only imagine how heartbreaking the experience was and my thoughts are with you and everyone who knew and loved Lisa. The plan for her ashes is just perfect – how fitting she will forever be in Paris. I have really been struggling with her passing, even though I didn’t know her that well. I would love to believe her spirit will live on in the boldness she advocated for and encourage us all to follow our passions as unreservedly as she did.

    Very best,

    1. Thank you, Carrie. I really do believe that her spirit will live on. How could it not? I think we will all struggle with her passing for a long time.

  4. Again, thank you, Linda for letting us know about the Memorial service. I was wondering what was happening, funeral, memorial, ashes… it’s so, so sad and unfair. We need more loving spirits such as hers in this world.

  5. Very touching. I’m sure it was so sad. I keep thinking about Georges as well as his youngest son–he and Lisa seemed to be developing a real bond.

  6. what a beautiful tribute. There is a saying that no one truly dies until the last person who knows them
    passes on – Lisa will be alive to many for a long, long time. There is something beautiful (we have to find something..,) in that her life was exactly what she wanted it to be. That will be her inspiration to the world. It would be a fitting tribute if there was a movement of groups of supportive women around the world who came together in her name. Perhaps We Stand With Lisa – a group of Francophile women devoted to supporting one another as well as various Parisian causes which Lisa would have championed.

    1. Patricia-that is a brilliant idea! We need someone like Lisa to put it together. Her friend, another Lisa, said they decided to do something about the love locks and she thought she should do some research but when she met with Lisa the next day she had already set up a website, facebook and twitter accounts and set it in motion. Within three months they had national attention. I know the other Lisa will continue on but I suspect our Lisa was the real force behind it. If you have any ideas about a group in her name, let me know. I will join in. Thanks. Linda

  7. Again Linda, thank you for sharing with those of us who knew Lisa through her blog. The service sounds so moving and reflective of Lisa’s life. And your thoughts are beautifully written.

  8. Linda, thank you for sharing the posts about Lisa’s last day and this very touching description of her memorial service. I followed her blog from the start and was so shocked and saddened to hear of her death through Georges’ moving tribute to her as a last post.

    It is a comfort to hear about the service and where her ashes will be scattered, sort of an “end to the story,” although I am finding it so hard to think that there can be an end to her story – she was so young! Her legacy of the No Love Locks will live on, of course, as will her example of living life boldly. I admired her courage to move to another country and fulfill her dream of what she always wanted to do. It only got better when she met the love of her life and became a French citizen besides. She will remain for me an example of seizing life and living boldly.

  9. I was wondering if there was to be a service; thank you for writing about it. My sense is our blogging community continues to grieve the abrupt and brutally-unfair loss of “one of ours”, the Bold Lisa. It is a small consolation to know that her words remain, inspiring others to seize their dreams and life to the fullest.
    I’m glad to read that her ashes will return to two places so important to her.

  10. Thank you, Linda for sharing news of Lisa’s service. How lovely that it was at held at Pere Lachaise. I am so touched to learn that her ashes were scattered at Melon Beach, so dear to both of them, and also under the Pont des Arts…how very fitting. I hope that someone compiles all of the tributes to Lisa from the various blogs and Facebook and gives them to Georges. My heart breaks for him. Such a lovely photo of Lisa. She certainly made a difference in her time on Earth.

  11. Linda,
    Thank you for telling us about Lisa’s service. I’m still shocked that she left so quickly.
    I feel like she was a friend even though I was only a reader. She seemed like she would have been a lot of fun.
    I hope Georges is okay. Lisa told us such great stories about the two of them.
    Sheila in Port Townsend

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