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On Monday, September 5th, my brother was released from this world.

All of us were gathered around him: his 4 children, both of the women that he married in the course of his 44 years, my mother and myself. We held him in our love, with our hands, around our hearts.

We sang. We prayed. We bathed his beloved body in rose water as is the Baha’i custom, and we wrapped him in the silk shroud.

Dana, my beautiful, beloved, big brother has gone.



The boy who jumped from waterfalls, who rolled around hills, who swung rattlesnakes by their tale.


The boy who felt closer to me than my own life breath as I was a baby, the one who held my hand and pushed me down the mountain in the big wheel.


IMG_6167Who twirled with me under the old oak trees.


The kid who climbed coconut trees like he walked on land, who lived off of mangos in the summer with me as he built our river-floating bamboo rafts. Who was my buddy as we combed the reefs, played hide and seek in the bush, romped the streets on our bikes.

meriah-nichols-4My best friend.

My back.

meriah-nichols-1-5My brother.




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Barbara Browning

Friday 30th of September 2016

I just saw this beautiful tribute to Dana. He was one of the brightest lights I've known, and still can't believe he's gone. My condolences. ~Barbara


Saturday 10th of September 2016

Much Love and Prayer, Meriah & Family <3 <3 <3


Saturday 10th of September 2016

I am so sorry you and your family have had to suffer through the loss of your beloved brother. I know how feeble that sounds, we have been through that painful journey as well, tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of our son's death at age 23. We love and miss him always but we have learned to put the pain aside as we live on day to day and yes, even experience happiness again. It takes some time.

Tara Bruckert

Friday 9th of September 2016

Beautiful tribute to Dana! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

BW aka Barbara from Boston

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Celebration for Dana, that is what you have done. The prayers continue. Love to all of you

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