The memorial service on Beth Chapman's first death anniversary will be held in a place she called her home as much as Colorado.
There are many ways to honor a loved one who has left us for a better world. Observing death anniversaries is like a window into the past where we relive some of the fond and sad memories associated with the person we lost. The love we have for them may not diminish and so observing such days ensures that we get a chance to continue expressing our love.
Duane "Dog" Chapman recently announced that his daughter Cecily will be "hosting a 1-year remembrance of her beloved Mom Beth Chapman! #fortheloveofbeth." Beth Chapman, Duane's fourth wife, with whom he has was married from 2006 to 2019, died on June 26, 2019, after battling throat cancer. She died in Hawaii at the age of 51 after being placed in a medically induced coma during her Stage IV cancer battle, as per USA TODAY.
He shared a post on Instagram along with a photo of Beth Chapman. "The paddle out will begin at 5:30 pm at Waimanalo Beach. Prayer will take place on the beach and in the water. Bring your board and flowers so we can remember Mrs. Dog the right way. Not in Hawaii? Go on a walk, hike, and take a picture. Let’s make it viral. Post a picture on all your social media accounts using the #fortheloveofbeth hashtag!!!! Please share and spread the word!" the post said on Instagram.
In 2019, family, friends, and fans of Beth, who was Dog The Bounty Hunter's partner in catching bad guys, honored her in Hawaii. The Chapman brood had held a memorial service on the Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki. It was open to the public and honored Beth's life as she was "sent off in true Hawaiian style, with aloha," family lawyer Andrew Brettler told USA TODAY. The fans who attended the service were asked to bring "ocean-friendly loose flowers" rather than leis as the "strings can be harmful to ocean life."
When the bounty hunter lost his other half, he was completely broken. He had thanked fans for supporting his family during their "most terrible time." Outside his home in Hawaii, he spoke to the press and said that he was trying to cope with his loss. "You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death," said Duane, according to Hawaii News Now.
"For a few years we knew this day would come," said Dog. "It came really unexpected, really fast. All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare," he added. Unable to articulate his pain of losing his partner, he said, "The cancer gig, of course, we gotta find a cure because all we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away."
Since then, he's slowly moved on from his pain and all thanks to his new fiance, Francie Frane, who helped him overcome his grief of losing his wife. Frane had lost her husband a few months before Beth's death and the duo came together by sharing their pain. Unlike most romances, his love story with Frane started with them crying on the phone together.
"We hooked up on the phone and started talking to each other, crying and consoling each other," Dog, 67, told TMZ in May. "Then one thing led to another."