Posted By Rev. Mark Walz on July 20, 2011
Pastoral Letter – The Passing Of Tyna Culbertson
I know that the news last night of Tyna’s passing was shocking and seemed so very sudden to some of us. But please know that Tyna was prepared for this outcome. It doesn’t stop the pain and sense of loss, of course. Watching her amazing strength in the face of such physical misfortune lulled many of us into thinking that she could overcome even this. It was not to be. After the surgery, her doctors tried valiantly to stabilize her blood pressure which they did, but within a couple of hours her heart just gave out. She died in her mother Julie’s arms, with many friends around her in her room. Please continue to pray for her and her family.
Many have inquired about services and arrangements. Tyna specifically requested cremation with a big shindig next spring at Scarborough Faire, the Renaissance Festival she so dearly loved. So Julie and I are in the process of arranging the first request this morning. And for the present, Julie is determined to honor the second half of Tyna’s wishes. If Julie and the family decide in the days or weeks ahead that they need a Ritual or Memorial Service to help bring closure to their loss, one will be arranged and the details sent to all.
We have altered tonight’s Vespers Service, however, so that those of us who need to, may gather to grieve the loss of our dear friend. It will be a chance to gather at church with those we love and those who love us; to light our candles, say and sing our prayers; and reflect on our memories of Tyna. We will begin to gather over coffee, etc., starting at 7PM with Vespers beginning at 8. Join us if you can.
Blessings to all for your kind thoughts. -Mark
Rev. Mark Walz
Minister Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff
3839 W. Kiest Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75233