Sleeping with the anemones

24 Jul

Although I have been to the Oregon Coast many times, last week’s trip to Cannon Beach was unique for two reasons. First, the tide was so far out,  the marine garden in front of Haystack Rock was visible.


We were able to see the sea life that clings to the rocks: limpets, barnacles and anemones.

The second reason why this trip was unique is because my sister and I brought some of my parents ashes to bury at the beach.

We looked for just the right spot – away from other people and close enough to the water that the tide would soon carry Mom and Dad away and make them one with the universe. We had packed supplies to dig the small hole we would need and took them out to start as soon as we found the perfect spot. Broken bits of shell were nearby so we used those to decorate once we had buried the ashes, and wrote their names ( Georgie & Earl) above.


Then, we walked away to let the ocean do what it will. We giggled a bit as we walked away because we’d left Mom & Dad sleeping with the anemones.

9 Responses to “Sleeping with the anemones”

  1. Brian Rozinsky July 24, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Your title phrase made me laugh out loud! Sounds like a moment far more sweet than bitter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lisa Corbett July 24, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    That’s a beautiful send off! I’d love to be “buried” in the ocean and be one with the universe.

  3. Alice Nine July 24, 2018 at 8:21 am #

    So beautiful! Just think, you’ve given them the largest tombstone (Haystack) in the world!

    • Adrienne July 24, 2018 at 8:44 am #

      I hadn’t thought of it that way..Wonderful!

  4. arjeha July 24, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    You and you sister literally have your parents the world.

  5. Teachingnest87 July 24, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    I love your title and I think your mom and dad would be pleased with the spot you and your sister chose for them. I have never been tot he Oregon Coast, it looks quite interesting.

  6. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) July 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    It’s been a very long time since I was at Cannon Beach, but I have wonderful memories. This will be a special memory for you. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Mukhamani July 25, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    The marine garden must have been a wonderful experience and making your parents one with the universe is something beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  8. edifiedlistener July 27, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    I appreciate your sister giggles as you leave your parents sleeping with the anemones. They and you remind me how saying goodbye to and honoring our loved ones is very much a part of life.

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