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Sat., May 25, 2013

Memoriam: Cup of tea across time zones

Teapot could brew up a nice cup of cash.
 (The Spokesman-Review)
Teapot could brew up a nice cup of cash. (The Spokesman-Review)

This Memorial Day weekend, you might be remembering loved ones who died this year or in recent years -- or a decade ago.

If you can't visit the deceased at a cemetery, here's a suggestion I adapted from Paula Davis, a funeral director at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane.

She said some families, spread far and wide, can't or don't do memorial services. She always urges them to do something "that you call your last good-bye."

One family agreed that at 3 p.m. one Friday, they would have a cup of tea and think of their father. Siblings in other time zones had the tea at the same time, though it was different on the clock, of course. So 6 p.m. in the East, for instance.

I love the idea and think it can be adapted by families in separate locations pausing to remember a loved one Memorial Day weekend, across the time zones.

Doesn't have to be tea, either. Coffee works. And stronger stuff.

Enjoy the weekend. And remember.

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