Hello, and thank you for coming. Marc would have loved this,
having his family and friends together, honoring his memory and
celebrating his life. On my last evening with him, I saw very
clearly how he had helped mold and shape me into the person I
am today. He never took the easy path, and though we often disagreed,
I always respected him for never giving up when things got rough,
and I admired his capacity for love and generosity and forgiveness.
I spent much of my life in awe of him and his limitless knowledge
and surprising abilities. Marc honored our ancestors, and all
those who came before us to make a better life for the next generation.
He recognized the value of every person, but especially our elders
and all that they had to impart to us. His was not a wasteful
way; all his actions had a purpose, and were rooted in a deep
respect for tradition and history. In today’s throwaway society,
his ways were refreshing to those of us who understood. Marc wanted
to make the world a safer place; he wanted to make sure that everyone
was cared for, no matter what their age, race, beliefs, or financial
situation may be. He worked all of his life to improve upon the
lives of others through his efforts in politics, volunteer work
and charity causes. He didn’t just want to make a difference;
he needed to, it was his driving force. I am only just realizing
how much of a difference and how great an impact his life had
on so many of us. Marc would not have wanted us to grieve his
passing, but rather we should celebrate his life by following
his example; to honor his memory by honoring the divine being
in one another, by looking beyond the surface and seeing the heart
within those around us. I know he wanted to make his mark in this
world, to be remembered as someone who mattered. For me, what
he will always be remembered for is what I consider to be his
greatest quality, and truly his finest Legacy He had a heart
more expansive than all of the universe, and a limitless capacity
to Love. It is my belief that if we are to aspire to know God,
first we must learn to Love freely and without strings. Surely
then, Marc must be sitting in the lap of God right now, being
showered with Love and learning all the secrets of the Universe.
So Marc, as we say our good byes, and hand you over to God’s loving
care, knowing you are at peace, and in the embrace of family and
loved ones that went before you, may you also know that our hearts
go with you on this your new journey. Wherever you travel, you
will never be alone.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there. I did not die.