The loss of Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016 was jarring at best, and heartbreaking at worst. The loss of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, less than 24 hours afterwards was beyond devastating – particularly as her last words to her son were reportedly ‘I want to be with Carrie’.
We were all heartbroken, but one of the worst things about celebrity deaths is that you feel as if you know this person, but you actually don’t. So when it comes to saying goodbye and gaining closure if a celeb meant something particularly special to you, it’s not like you really get to attend a funeral or a memorial or anything, y’know?
But luckily, Fisher and Reynolds were two of Hollywood’s most precious jewels – so, it’s been announced that an official memorial service is being held for the public.
Todd Fisher, brother of Carrie and son of Debbie, made the announcement this morning, stating that the public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills on March 25.
In an online statement, he says:
“We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you.The service will begin at 1:00 PM and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so.”
However, he warns that there’ll no doubt be a lot of people wanting to attend, so therefore the seating will be provided ‘first come first serve’:
“There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis.There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service.”
So, if you’re keen to say a proper goodbye to two of the most iconic and influential women ever to grace this big round marble in space, Carrie ‘Princess Leia’ Fisher or Debbie ‘Kathy Selden’ Reynolds, then you best get to scoochin’ towards those flight deals to LA.
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