Since Patrick's passing, we have found comfort in traditions that honor him on key dates each year. His birthday and angel anniversary have become important celebration dates. In addition, we remember Patrick each winter with a Christmas tree decorating party, where friends and family hang his special ornaments on the tree.
These traditions continue to evolve over time, to meet the needs of our family in our own healing process.
Patrick's last birthday with us was his 18th. We had a cook out with his friends..
Since then, we've continued to invite his friends over for a cook out, and many of them come every year. Below is a gallery of birthday party photos.
June 25, 2011: First Birthday without Patrick
June 25, 2012: This year we all lit a candle.
June 25, 2014: The year of the epic Junk Food Party
Angel Day Celebrations:March 16, 2012: Our first angel day. We try to keep it light and combine with our traditional St. Patrick's Day party.
March 16, 2014: Epic Balloon Release
March 16, 2015: This year we released Chinese lanterns, it was exciting, but not recommended in the suburbs!
March 16, 2016: Back to a good old-fashion balloon release.
Video of March 16 Balloon Release at our house