July 23, 2014
"Aunt Sunny" - who I have never met has been part of my life story since I was born.
My grandfather, Richard Crawford, was raised/adopted by "Uncle George" - Sunny's father after he was orphaned, and I was named after his younger adopted sister/cousin: Martha Crawford.
as a child I was told of her years as a glamorous model, as a socialite and philanthropist. I aspired to be like her.
When she fell into a coma and her case burst forth, my grandfather grieved. I watched, and followed the story in the press through my adolescence invested, protective, from the sidelines, a distant relative who had no direct attachment but felt profoundly associated, linked - to a namesake I never knew.
Her death and story and grace and glamour have been part of me - and it is strange to mourn someone who is both kin and stranger. But I do, and I have.
I used to search through family photos: "There Martha! there she is!" And now when I think of her, I google myself and her familiar face emerges in my place.
Belated condolences to cousins never met. And I appreciate this opportunity to commemorate my odd and disenfranchised loss."
June 23, 2013
"I light this candle for the children to find their way in the darkness when they lost their mother to a coma. With Love & Prayers"
January 07, 2013
"I just found Sunnys story out of curiousity&it touched my heart.How brave her family must've been to endure those agonizing 28yrs.of what boils down to nothing really.I'm sad that justice was not dealt.I'm grateful knowing she's w/the Lord.May God bless&keep u all in good health&happiness because life's too short.xo"
December 17, 2012
"My deepest condolences to the family of Sunny von Bulow. After being in a coma for 28 years, she is finally free of this life and will be nestled safely in the arms of Almighty God!"
(Las Vegas, NV)
July 04, 2012
"May all the wrongs be finally righted and your spirit soar surrounded by love in the freedom from sorrow that you so deserved."