Service Details - Aria MacDonald

Service Details

Aria’s Celebration Service will be

10am Friday the 1st of July 2011

St Andrews Presbyterian Church 150 Great South Road Manurewa

Please wear purple, pink or orange-Aria’s fave colours.  Sorry to the blokes, you are going to have to be creative!

More details to follow.

If you can help with sound, videoing, slide show please contact Tony Bracefield.

53 Responses to “Service Details”

  1. Susan says:

    So sorry I cant make it but will be there is heart and soul.All my love at this hard time! Will make sure I wear one of those colors on the day xxx

  2. Katie says:

    I will be wearing Aria’s colours that day in Chch. Kia Kaha xx

  3. Joanne says:

    I dont know your family personally but have been following your blog since Arias first appearance on Attitude. I like above poster Susans idea of wearing one of Arias favourite colours on the day of the service in memory of Aria. Thinking of your family.

  4. ashley denton says:

    I love the idea of wearing her favorite colors! Will definitely be wearing them in honor of her that day.

  5. Genevieve says:

    Even though we have only met a couple of times I am hoping I could come up for the service. Even if I don’t I’ll be wearing Aria’s colours on the day!

  6. Karen says:

    praying for you as you undertake the difficult task of planning this service to celebrate the life of Aria! ( Although I can’t be there in person, I will wear purple,pink, and orange in honor of Aria on July 1 !!!)
    I remember how numb and dazed I was as I planned the service for my son a few years back…. something I knew very little about at the time…
    Since his death, I went on to be a grief facilitator. Please let me know if I can help in any way in giving you creative ideas for the service that will honor Aria in a special way and may help make it more meaningful for Asher… (Please forgive me if it sounds intrusive…. You do not know me, but I offer my help because I have “been there” and I was totally unprepared and it wasn’t until after the fact that I learned of teh myriad of ideas that I wish I would have known about then… )
    Prayers for all of you!Thank you for sharing Aria with us, it has been a privilege to pray for her (and your entire family)and to follow her valiant journey! She has touched many lives—-and will continue to do so!! God Bless YOU!

  7. iliganoa says:

    Thank you for such appropriate times for Aria’s service. God takes care of all the little things and big things you have to do.
    God bless you all abundantly MacDonald family!!!!!!!

  8. Joan Marshall says:

    Thank you. I live in Palmerston North so can’t be there in the flesh but will be in mind and prayer.

  9. Nicole says:

    I’ll be there for sure, Bella is at preschool right behind there on Fridays.

  10. Olivia(Wellington,NZ) says:

    so wish I could be there, hate being in Wellington, hopefully it will be available to watch online. Anita, I hope you go to read the tribute comment and poem I left for you and your family on the Aria’s passing blog,again I so wish I could be there, would mean so much but I guess i will be there in spirit :-)

  11. Jan P. says:

    I will be wearing her fav colours for sure. They are my favourite colours also. Will be thinking of you all.

  12. chrissy Hallberg says:

    Hi Anita I would so love to come and celebrate the life of dear Aria with her special famiy but unfortunatly I am booked to work and have just come back after 10 days anual leave.Believe me I will wear pink,a splash of purple and some orange for Aria,should be a hoot as we are having a staff meeting around that time(think my boss will have a worried look), so I might make some cookies with puple icing im sure miss Aria would love those.Hope the special day goes well for you with all your,family and,friends and that your flight home is filled wih as many blessings as you can get from a moment like this .blessings to you are really amazing,God bless,chrissy

  13. Brenda Auckland says:

    I will be there wearing cool colours and representing Garrett and Ashley in Nebraska.
    Love to you all. Brenda

  14. Lisa Robertson says:

    I will be there in pink, orange and purple. xxx

  15. fiona says:

    :( wish I lived in Auckland. Will be thinking of you from Canterbury

  16. Moya says:

    I WILL (Billy song please listen to my Billy singing this song….you will relate be there)…sod work! Your ‘venue’ for the service is SO apt for me… Grandma Christine was my Rachel’s first Pre-School teacher at St. Andrews. Much, much luv from me. XXXXXXXXXXXXXX & Hugs! M x

  17. Moya says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE. PLEASE – let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do for you at this end. I mean ANYTHING!

  18. Samantha Sutherland says:

    We’ll all be there for you honey.

  19. Leticia says:

    I wish I could be there but Christchurch to Aucklands flights are a little disrupted with the ash cloud and the earthquakes. I will be wearing Arias colors tho all day. Wishing you safe travels home. Much love xx

  20. Beth Weaver says:

    I have followed Aria’s fight and been in awe at your strength and faith since shortly after my son was diagnosed with BA. I am in the States, Kansas to be exact, but I will dress myself and the kids in Aria’s colors that day and we will say extra prayers for you all.

  21. Katrina says:

    We will be with you in spirit on the day and will make sure we wear Aria’s favourite colours.Praying for strength for you all at this difficult time.

  22. Dawn says:

    I won’t be there because i am in Australia but i will pause at that time and remember and i will dress in Aria’s favourite colours on the day

  23. Renee says:

    I sure will be there. Love to you all.

  24. Tiffany Keller says:

    Wish I could be there for you! Your family is in my thoughts & prayers always! I hope you know that! God Bless!

  25. Sharon Morgan says:

    Well be there. xxx

  26. Bex & Jonno Robinson says:

    Sorry we wont be there but you will all be in our thoughts. We will be wearing some of Aria’s favourite colours that day though xo

  27. Ali Jones says:

    I’ll just have arrived in the UK. Really sorry to miss it but we’ll be thinking and praying for you all and wearing Aria’s colours for sure xx

  28. Nyle says:

    Wish I could be there, but I can wear purple for the day in memory of Aria. Much love from Nelson.

  29. Hannie says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all for this day. The kids and I will celebrate the memory of Aria by wearing her favourite colours on Friday.

    Don’t post on here much but have been following your blog. She is truly a special little girl with an inspiring story to share with this world.

  30. lisa says:

    Anita, thank you for the details of the service. I have followed Aria’s amazing journey through your blogs and have been so inspired by her, you, Hamish and Asher. I too am facing a possible bowel transplant journey in America. I will def be there in Aria’s favourite colours. This is a great idea. All the best for your journey home and organising this whilst carrying a heavy, broken heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. Love to you all and God Bless. xoxoxoxo

  31. Natalie says:

    I will be there with at least Davien and Kalina, I will do a search for some clothes that fit the bill.

  32. Emma Abrahams says:

    I so wish I could be there, but I’ll be thinking of you and decked out in Aria’s favourite colours down here in Wellington.

  33. Liz Smith NZ says:

    I’m a teacher and can’t leave my students that day, but I will tell them why I’m wearing pink, purple and orange that day instead of my usual colours…. Hmmmmmm!!!! Maybe I could make pink, purple and orange cup-cakes to share with my students at 10am and we will eat them in honour of Aria. I wonder what music Aria enjoyed? With a name like Aria it should be opera! My favourite!

  34. Tasha says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Aria was and is a beautiful soul, and so are you. Rejoicing that she is free from pain but sorrowful that death of those who we love hurts us so deeply. The service sounds lovely.

    Here is a poem I really like. Perhaps it will bring you some small comfort.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow; I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush I am the quick uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die.

  35. Fiona McNair says:

    I too can’t be there as much as would like to be but will let all the nurses at work know what colours to be wearing……Still in shock/denial/but guess will come to terms in time, this wee girls soul is on a journey to heaven. Go well and hope you can find some sort of normality being back in Kiwi land after being away for so long, hope jobs, friends etc are there ready and waiting for you….

  36. Joyce says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Following your journey this past couple of years has changed my life so much and I cannot ever thank you enough for sharing it with us. I will never forget that sweet precious Aria.May God keep his loving arms around you as you continue on.

  37. Jen Rath says:

    Sorry we can’t attend in person. Will be there in spirit. Austin experienced several deaths when he was Asher’s age and really enjoyed drawing pictures and having us write notes and attaching them to balloons that we released “up to heaven” whenever he was feeling sad.

  38. Natalie and Cody says:

    Although i wont be able to be at the service I will be wearing Aria’s favourite colours (maybe all at once lol) on the 1st of July — my heart goes out to you guys — much love and strength to you all

  39. Leigh says:

    Our thoughts will be with you all as we can’t be there in person but we will wear purple,pink, and orange in honor of Aria on July 1 in Sydney.

  40. Donette Bonner says:

    I am so Very Sorry for your loss, but so Very Happy for Heavens gain. I know we don’t really know each other but through the Cockrells and we were on FB. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time and pray that God will keep you All in His Care and give you the Love, Peace, Comfort and Strength that can only come from Him during this time in your lives. She was a Beautiful Little Girl from the pictures and video I have seen through FB and knowing that she is healed and dancing around in Heaven as she helps to prepare for those to follow makes me smile.

  41. Dawn says:

    I will do my best to be there for Aria’s special day, dressed in purple (my whanau school house colours) just for her. Thinking of your family and praying for you all as you come home to New Zealand and your extended whanau.

  42. Jordy says:

    I will be there to celebrate your daughter Aria’s life, i will continue to prey for you all

  43. Coralie says:

    I will be wearing Aria’s colours on the day! Although I can’t be there, my heart surely will. Love to you all.

  44. Sharon Mitford-Burgess says:

    Lovely to catch up with your Mum, Anita,and your Dad, Hamish, at Trinity this morning. We were a very sad congregation as we prayed for you all but happy in the knowledge that God has used your darling little girl for His purposes. Will be at St Andrews on Friday in all Aria’s favourite colours. What a lovely idea. I am sure it will be a unique celebration of a precious life now perfect in body in God’s kingdom. He has called His child home and in that we must rejoice. God’s comfort and richest blessings to you all.

  45. Cork and Carol says:

    So wish we COULD be there!!!! What a wonderful life to celebrate!

  46. Olivia(Wellington,NZ) says:

    There was a beautiful tribute on Channel one’s ‘Sunday’ show to Aria tonight, thought the clip and words were lovely

  47. Camea says:

    My heart goes out to you Hammish and Anita, with prayers of courage. I agree it is Heaven’s gain to have her now, and your happy memories of her time with you will be yours forever.
    Your precious girl has touched so many lives, we are all blessed to have seen her smile if only on a photo for some, such as myself. Her beauty and her story remind us all to treasure our loved ones, and enjoy each day until Heaven calls us..
    My own daughter has short segment Hirschsprungs Desease and some developmental delays. She is 17years now. I have chronic psuedo intestinal obstruction. We are lucky to manage fairly well, but perhaps have some insight into how things have been for Aria and yourselves, Hammish and Anita. You are amazing parents.

    I will wear all of Arai’s favorite colours on July 1st, and be thinking of her beautiful smile.

    God Bless The Macdonald Family.

  48. H Wilkie says:

    I wish I could be there to. Will be wearing Arias colours on the day!!! I have been so sad and today while in Worship at church I saw the Lord holding Aria’s hand free from sickness and it brought a smile to my face, hopefully yours too!!!

  49. Michaela says:

    Anita, I’m sorry I wont be able to be there with you, however I will be thinking of you and will be sure to be wearing Aria’s favourite colours KJ xxx

  50. Jo says:

    For everyone in NZ, what if we all gave Anita and Hamish food and petrol vouchers to keep them going in the weeks ahead to help them out. You may have other practical ideas, e.g. Farmers vouchers for clothes, Warehouse vouchers etc. Let’s bless these guys practically as well as with our love and prayers. Spread the word.

  51. Suzanne says:

    I won’t be able to be there in person as I’m in Colorado but I will honor Aria and your family by wearing her favorite colors on July 1st. Purple is my favorite color, too. God Bless all of you during this difficult time. There are so many people that don’t even know you who are praying for you and loving you from around the world.

  52. xoxminniemousexox says:

    i was in shock when i heard this. I thought aria, was doing well she had her second operation and was doing well. I am just reading the blog of late, and i feel so saddened as i have 2 babies. and it just sickened me as to what poor little aria and her parents had endured. I pray for the parents of Aria, and that i am a good friend of a friend too. and i hope recovery of Arias passing heals in gods will and faith and in him you will have strength and courage. I pray for the family. and hope the service gives healing.R.I.P..xox

  53. Insight Tours says:

    Yeah bookmaking this wasn’t a high risk decision great post! .

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