Karrli's memorial service was attended by approximately 300 people, who filled the main meeting room of the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, Pennsylvania on August 20, 2004.
The cover of the program featured Karrli's cartoon characters "Mr. Fuzzy & FluffMutt." The printed program lists the music that was played that day, music chosen by her family based on Karrli's favorite CDs that were in the CD player in her car, and based on specific songs she had talked about with her family. The seven songs played that day don't even begin to capture the range of her musical interests, but they were a good selection for the occasion. For example, she loved the singer Daniel Bedingfield, but we weren't able to find a specific song of his that she had mentioned.
The songs included in the memorial service were:
Sting ‚ "Brand New Day"
The program reproduced the lyrics of two songs in particular that had a positive message about people being loved for who they are, and having the courage to be who they are: "She Likes Me For Me", and "The Middle."
The printed program included information on where to find Karrli's writings online including the reviews of the "Teen Titans" animated series that she published on the "TVTome" web site, and listed the speakers including friends, family, and caregivers.
The speeches were funny, beautiful, and inspiring. By focusing on Karrli herself, her own words and her own work, her personality was truly brought to life.
As many of those in attendance observed, the memorial service captured the many aspects of Karrli's achievements and personality, and made everyone there feel as though they knew Karrli well. They captured her as a friend, as a sister, as a gifted writer, as an aspiring video game author, an animal lover, as a summer employee, and as someone with cystic fibrosis, who had inspiring courage and an unforgettable sense of humor. The speeches included many quotes from Karrli, a few excerpts from her writings, funny stories, and even excerpts from the resume she submitted for a summer job.
The service lasted about 90 minutes. The weather was warm, sunny, and beautiful. Photos of Karrli were on display, many of the same photos on this web site. Following the service there was a reception.
We have included here a copy of the program, a scan of the program including the cartoon characters, and copies of the speeches given that day by Karrli's family.
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In Loving Memory of
Order of Service
Opening Words & Chalice Lighting
Music: Elton John's 'Rocketman', as performed by Stewie Griffin
Lyndsay Field, sister
Corey Field, father
Music: Blessid Union of Souls- 'She Likes Me for Me'
Dr. Aaron Dorfman
Music: Jimmy Eat World- 'The Middle'
Hugh Murray, Willistown Township
The floor will be opened for guests to share brief words or anecdotes in remembrance and celebration of Karrli's life.
Moment of Silence & Closing Words
Lyrics to "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)"
Lyrics to "The Middle"
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