Sherri Glover Memorial Service in Dublin (March 20, 2004)
Deirdre Ni Fhloinn, Rachelle Thompson, Siobhan Maher, Declan Duffy,
Text based on an email from Ronan Crowley:
Several people spoke including Siobhan Maher, whose words were particularly touching, especially when she mentioned her brother, Seamus. Sherri had met Seamus on an earlier trip to Ireland and was looking forward to seeing him again. Unknown to Sherri prior to her 2003 trip, Seamus was killed in a tragic accident.
Siobhan, who works in the Dublin City Manager's Office, gave each member of the group a white rose to place on the spot where the ashes were spread, and Siobhan floated a rose out onto a nearby duck pond. Almost immediately after the group finished, a downpour started. Ronan wrote, "It was what would be called 'pathetic fallacy' in poetry." (Unknown to Ronan, Sherri's June 26, 2003 funeral service in Nashville had begun on a beautiful summer afternoon and concluded during a pouring rain.)
Passage from "Anam Cara" ("Soul Mate") read by Sibohan Maher:
Following the service, Rachelle Thompson wrote:
Sherri's mother and father wish to thank Guy and Maria Mandler (New York) who were very kind to hand carry part of Sherri's ashes to Dublin. Maria's parents were Sherri's next door neighbors in Nashville for 30 years, and Sherri thought of them as surrogate grandparents.
Sherri's parents also thank Declan Duffy and Siobhan Maher for their time and personal efforts to arrange for the memorial gathering, as well as those who remembered Sherri.