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inviteEvent Name: Nothing Holding Me Back!
Event Date: December 31, 2009, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA
Tickets: General: $35/ VIP: $95
Contact: Cemetery Mary, a.k.a. Mary Patrick
Phone: (510) 532 -6279
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Bury Dead Dreams, Dashed Hopes, Old Habits & Grudges
at  Nothing Holding Me Back!
A Funeral Sing-Along  & (Fun)draiser

In an effort to help people lighten their loads after what, for many, was a brutal 2009, the public is invited to attend “Nothing Holding Me Back,” a New Year’s Eve funeral sing-along where audience members can bury dead dreams, dashed hopes, old habits and grudges so they don’t have to drag them into the new year.

Billed as “Oakland’s only open-casket personal-transformation, sing-along theater,” local undiscovered celebrities Cemetery Mary, the Reverend Up, and Felicia—Fairy of Forgiveness, are producing this event because 2009, like every year since the beginning of time, resulted in pain, loss and devastation in the lives of millions.

“Without help letting go,” says The Rev. Up! “victims can chew on misery long past its shelf life, often repelling friends, family, co-workers and Joy-itself. Whether it is foreclosure, business failure, weight gain or swine flu, we will do our part to transform the pain of the past into something positive at this killer event. Can I hear an ‘Amen?’”

“It is considered almost un-American to embrace death, loss, disappointment or failure,” said Cemetery Mary, an experienced funeral and pity-party planner, “but none of us is escaping these experiences. We want to give the public a place to grieve with gusto.” “Quietly hoarding anger and grief holds us back,” said the Fairy of Forgiveness. “Let us open the community casket and leave pain behind in 2009.”

Producers have scheduled the funeral the afternoon of New Year’s Eve to give participants an opportunity to “dump the junk” before heading to parties. Proceeds will benefit Bay Area organizations dedicated to positively transforming lives and communities, including the George Mark Children’s House,  Jingletown Arts & Business Community, and EBCRS Youth Programs.

Event Disclaimer: The irreverent tone of this event is in no way meant to minimize the suffering and unbalance resulting from death, loss and grief. The intention is to create a space where we can momentarily detach from life’s inevitable anguish, in order to experience the freedom that that comes with release, forgiveness, and a decision to be joyful in the moment, regardless of circumstances.

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Cemetery Mary,
a.k.a. Mary Patrick Kavanaugh

“I put the fun in funerals.”

Reverend Up,
a.k.a. James Jeffley

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”

Fairy of Forgiveness,
a.k.a. Felicia Jeffley

“First forgiveness. Everything else follows.”
Funeral Backstory:
2008 Funeral YouTube
East Bay Express Article
Examiner Article