At the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22nd, 2015- Meryl Streep gave the In Memoriam address. Of course it was beautifully written, but her delivery was transcendent. She spoke with such poise, compassion, depth of feeling and eloquence. If only we could each have her attend our funerals and have her grace send us on our way.
“In her memoir, Joan Didion said this about grief- A single person is missing for you and the whole world is empty…
As we reflect tonight on the loss of so many talented people this year it’s hard not to feel that emptiness because in the time they had they filled our lives with so much.
Whatever role they played in movie making, the films that they were part of made us laugh and think and cry and consider life with fresh eyes.
They tickled us, raised our spirits when we needed it, challenged our minds and shocked our complacencies.
Through their work they shared a piece of their soul and so we will miss them with the same sadness that we miss an old friend. But their work will stand and remind us how lucky we were to have them with us for a while.
There will never be anyone like them, each and every one.” © The Academy of Motion Pictures.