Maine mom uses social media to scatter son's ashes

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 12:33 PM

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — For 3 ½ years, a black stone urn of C.J. Twomey's (TWOH'-mee) ashes has sat on a shelf in his parents' Maine home, not far from the door he walked out of one beautiful April day and shot himself.

Now, his mother, Hallie Twomey, is using social media to enlist the help of strangers to scatter his ashes from Massachusetts to Japan in the hope that her adventure-loving son can become part of the world he left behind.

It started with a simple request on Facebook. Soon, friends and strangers started offering to scatter C.J.'s ashes in their hometowns, on a family vacation or just somewhere beautiful.

Twomey says the kindness has been overwhelming, but she still struggles to find peace over her son's death.

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