Standing room only


There were about two hundred people at my brother-in-law's memorial service. I've never seen a chapel so packed out for a funeral. All of them came to the reception afterwards.
I took this photo after about half had already left.
Yes, that's Shawn Green, the baseball player, in the middle of the room. 
Who didn't Rafael know??
More importantly, who didn't know and love him?
It's quite a testament to a man's life when so many people show up to pay their respects at the end of it.
He was the life of every party and the very Cuban heart of our family.

This is why we'll all miss him so much:

This is just the first 4 minute segment of a fifteen-minute tribute video beautifully cut together by my talented Amy.
The song: *Lo Que Esta Pa Ti (Nadie te lo quita) by Willy Chirino 
(*Loosely translated - "What's meant for you, no one can take away")

Karen: You'll never get this many people to come to my funeral.
Michael: Oh, Karen, I'll come. And . . . you know . . . I'll bring a date.
                                                                                                   ~ from The Big Chill