Our way of remembrance

The Tlingit people have a way of showing respect to those who have passed away, remembering the good and not the bad in that person.

On March 20, my auntie Gloria Plummer passed away. An article was written in the Empire of those who shared what she had done for them. And the life Gloria chose because it was where she felt God had put her.

In order to help and understand the homeless she became one, even if it meant turning away from her family. I believe she was on a mission for God.

Family members said that she was receiving insurance every month, that she could afford her own place but she gave to the needy. She would take her coat off her back to give to another.

So now I am responding to the executive director of the Glory Hole…have you no respect for the deceased or the family?

Remembering only what she did wrong under your policy, and not seeing the good that she did for the homeless. What you said was disrespectful, so I wonder how much respect you have for those who are still there? You are there to help these people, not give up on them.

Gloria went through refusal of help, which explains her temper.

Instead of saying positive things, encouraging others to move on you said things that made family and friends feel worse while we were grieving.

Judge us not of any guilt for God had put her with these people to show them that somewhere out in the world someone like Gloria loves and cares for them. I want you to know that the family will not suffer the life Gloria chose because it is God’s will.

Now she has finished her mission. God said a job well done, come home.

Rest in peace Auntie.

Betty Ann Nakamura

Hoonah

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