I got an email from, Carolyn, regarding her trip with her daughter, Brooke.
Carolyn, wants to say hello to everybody on here, and share with everybody what happened on their trip together onboard Brookes Ship......here's the email below...
Just a short note....
I have attached a photograph of Brooke scattering Dad’s ashes while we were on the family cruise on her ship.
We had been discussing this trip for a few days....every so often the navy allows parents/siblings to travel a short distance with their kids/parents/aunty’s etc when their deployment is over. This one was from Townsville to Sydney.
One morning I was sitting at my desk thinking about Dad and what on earth we were going to do with his ashes, then it dawned on me that I was going out to sea and maybe Brooke and I could scatter them....I asked my brothers and my sister first, and they wholeheartedly agreed if it was OK with Brookes CO. Brooke asked her Buffer.....(the guy that goes between the sailors and the officers) and he asked the ‘higher ups...they said yes, it would be their pleasure to do this. I just thought that Brooke and I could do it, but the Buffer (Ben) organised a service for us...the Chaplain and the Captain and the Warrant Officer all got into their dress uniforms and Brookes department all stood around us. Their was a small religious service, Dad wasn’t at all interested in religion, but I quietly told him to please be quiet and let them do their thing...lol...Brooke then scattered the ashes...it was great and afterwards I felt really at ease. I felt that we had done the right thing by Dad.
Apparently this was the first time that the Chaplain could think of that this was done for a civilian...usually any ship that is at sea at the time of ANZAC Day, they scatter ashes if navy personnel that had passed. This last ANZAC Day (25th April) they had done about 3 or 4.
The sad part though later on that day, we had to turn back about 100 miles and search for 2 people who had fallen off a cruise ship the night before. When I looked out at that ocean I though how on earth were we ever going to find these people....unfortunately they weren’t found. Our ship had a helicopter on it and that was going out and coming back all of the daylight hours..and the ship was going back and forth..as well as police planes and police launches....
anyway, I thought you might like to see the photo..
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