That one statement changed all of us close to Heather and Dave forever.
The week following became a whirlwind of traveling down to Florida to help Heather, her young daughter Olivia and Daves daughter Keely prepare and plan a journey with Hunter back to Rhode Island for a viewing, and celebrating of his life. For days after we all moved at a fast clip through waves of emotions and disbelief of picking caskets, urns, building picture boards, playlists, videos and planning a burial ceremony. At 43, Dave was gone, and at 41 Heather was now a widow. Olivia's big lovable step-dad was gone and Keely's rock of a father had left her far too early. It's still unbelievable and I still find myself wondering what happened during that week after Christmas.
I'm setting up this fund site because Heather now needs our support. Facing the unimaginable task of saying goodbye to David cost an overwhelming $8,000. Without Hunter's income, her life is already changing. She's leaving the house they have been living in and moving into a much smaller apartment and beginning to downsize so she and Olivia can exist in this new life without Dave.
I know in my heart of hearts that Dave would never want to see Heather and Olivia struggle, nor would he want us to leave them to face all of this alone.
So, I'm asking that all of us donate an afforadable amount towards the cost of his funeral to help Heather through this difficult time.
It's going to be a continuous uphill emotional battle for a long time for her and Olivia. We can't change that but cartainly we can make this journey a little easier by alleviating the financial struggle.
Thank you all.
R.I.P. #76.. Love you and miss you.
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