Content Warning: this article deals with eating disorders, alcoholism and mental health, and may be triggering for some readers.
Former Olympian Lisa Curry has continued to honour her late daughter by scattering her ashes at “incredibly amazing” places around the world, this time in the snowy mountains of the Yukon.
Jaimi was only 33 years old when she tragically passed away in 2020 after reportedly suffering from a long battle with eating disorders and alcoholism.
Since her tragic passing Curry has made an effort to keep her daughter’s memory alive by scattering her ashes in “meaningful” locations. Curry documented her most recent endeavour as she placed Jaimi’s ashes at the base of tree in the snow covered Yukon mountains of Canada, in truely emotional scenes.
“I decided awhile ago that I would take Jaimi with me to any place that was incredibly amazing. And a couple of Jaimi’s good friends are also taking her with them on their travels,” Curry wrote.
“Jaimi loved to travel and she travelled many times, with us as a family, on her own and with friends.
“We started at Kawana Beach, her favourite beach and Mt Coolum. Then she went to Paris with Robyn, San Diego with Millie, Mt Kosciusko and now the Yukon.
“I feel ok getting the ashes prepared to take and I mix in beautiful dried petals from her funeral. They were wrapped in one of her cute pink heart shaped napkins.
“I’m prepared emotionally to place them but it’s when I have to leave her there that it affects me. The grief is ingrained.
“I’ve learnt to cry and let it out whenever I have to, regardless of where I am, who I’m with and what triggered it.
“This time I had one of the huskys, Bagel, to help me, and distract me. She was very inquisitive and wanted to chew the little dolls!
“Jaimi gave me the little dolls, I’m the one with the yellow hair and she’s the pink one as she loved dying her hair pink which really suited her.
“Those of us who are in this sad situation of losing a child all have our own ways of remembering those we love.
“This is my way.
“Our beautiful Jaimi. Never forgotten. Resting. Happy. Free. Forever in nature in the Yukon, Canada.”
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Curry’s followers were quick to share their admiration for the swimming legend’s efforts while offering their messages of love and support.
“Oh my.. this has broken me this morning. Thankyou for continuing to share Jaimi’s story and life with us all as you continue to navigate through your grief and loss,” one follower wrote.
“Thankyou for sharing such a private and personal moment, that’s was so beautiful and touching, hugs to you Lisa.”
“So beautiful. She would love this. Remember the day I sent Dad’s ashes into the Molokai Chanel. BTW I still can’t believe you are the lady who once didn’t like dogs much,” commented another.
“I see you grieve and it breaks me…what a beautiful mum to take her to her favourite places x Thankyou for sharing and Mark holding your hand.”
“Thank you for sharing, so touching. You are a brave woman. I live every day in honour of those I have lost. It is a privilege to be able to. Enjoy your awesome journey.”
Curry previously took to social media to detail the “challenging” journey she recently embarked upon to again release some of her late daughter’s ashes in a “meaningful” place.
Curry took to Instagram on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 to share with her followers that she had scaled Mount Kosciuszko to honour her late daughter “by taking her ashes and dried petals from her funeral to amazing places around the country and the world”.
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“I needed something to help me find focus again and get out of bed but my main purpose was to take my daughter’s ashes to the top of Mt Kosciusko,” Curry wrote alongside her post.
“I booked this trip to hike with my friend Glenn Azar. Covid delayed the trip several times but we finally hiked last weekend.
“I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My beautiful friend Christine didn’t leave my side which I was very grateful for. The water is my comfort zone, not mountains.
“The conditions were very challenging, plenty of snow, ice, rain, sleet, baby hail (sago) , 60-100kmh winds, we had it all.
“Once we headed out, we were committed. No turning back. One step at a time.
“The second day, I carried the emotion of what I was there for. I’m also on beta blockers for AF so my heart rate was high but the medication works to keep it down. It feels like a full body of heavy lactic acid.
“There was one last hill to “walk” up, (it was a complete struggle for me), I could see a blurry Glenn standing there waiting for me, every step I was getting closer but couldn’t see through my tears.
“An overwhelming sense of achievement and emotional anxiety with what I was about to do.
“The wind was extreme, and took the balloon quickly, but it landed on the snow not far away, so Glenn went and picked it up and let it go again.
“I honour our Jaimi by taking her ashes and dried petals from her funeral to amazing places around the country and the world.
“This spot on top of Mt Kosciusko is the closest to heaven that I could get so it was very meaningful to me.
“Everyone has their own way of honouring those that are special to them.
“Fly free beautiful angel. Never forgotten. xxx.”
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