We held a "Celebration of Life" at Gulf Beach for Carmen. This was her favorite place to meet her many friends. Whether, it be for coffee in the morning with the girls, a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for some rays and relaxation, or in the evening for sunsets, at times having dinner and cocktails with the "girls" (& sometimes guys!) They gathered to chat, tell a joke, and share stories of their lives and families with one another. Over the years from being high school friends to a tight knit group of the.most loving and supportive women! They "have your back" always!
We held her celebration there because it was Carmen's "happy place"!
We took over the concession area of tables at Gulf Beach. Decorating in her favorite colors of turquoise & coral. The tables were set with food and drink, several photo boards displayed of her for people to look at while they had something to eat. At the center of the photo boards was a beautiful picture of Carmen.
April 6,1955-September 24, 2023.
People brought beach chairs and visited with one another while chatting about Carm, and sharing in the stories of how they were connected to her. It was a memorial picnic at the beach!
There was a burial at sea with a biodegradable coral color shell holding Carmen's ashes. A boat took some friends & family out on the water just across from shore of Gulf Beach. On shore, a musician friend played his guitar and lead the remaining group singing "Amazing Grace" . The release of the shell with Carmen's ashes were placed on to the water with the scattering of peach rose petals and flowers were all around it.
The Celebration came to an end at sunset. Parting messages were written to Carmen on biodegradable paper lanterns released into the night sky!
It was a memorable day for a remarkable girl!
Carmen Brackett is being remembered at Gulf Beach in Milford, CT, where her ashes lie in the waves of the water on Long Island Sound.
Carmen was the daughter of Marjorie & Frank Brackett. She was the twin to her brother Kendall. Born the fourth & fifth children to a family of eight.
She was an entrepreneur in her own right. Starting a painting and wallpaper business with her dear friend Cheryl, while they were in their early twenties. She went on to continue with her business and worked part-time as a companion and caregiver to a special lady Robin, two of Robin’s grandson’s, and their sons and daughter in law became extended family to Carmen throughout the twenty plus years of her employment.
Carmen loved people. She enjoyed being out and about town. Meeting her group of lady friends at the corner coffee shop, her golf league of women, and the golf course co-worker friends while at The Orchards Golf course. She truly valued her many lifelong friendships.
Carmen retired from work when her illness became too physically taxing to her. She would still be out and about town, but not to the extent she would have liked.
She was a fierce fighter against her cancer diagnosis and refused to give up until she could no longer take treatment. Carmen’s courage and bravery were remarkable. I’m gonna fight.
“What else are ya gonna do?”
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