Beth Chapman’s friends and family are planning a very special final farewell for the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star, who passed away on Wednesday following a battle with throat cancer.
Loved ones are inviting the public to join them for an oceanfront celebration in Waikiki to honor Chapman.
Her rep told People, “Cecily and Lyssa Chapman invite the public to join the Chapman ʻOhana (family) for a gathering to honor Beth Chapmanʻs life.”
“Beth had two homes — Hawai’i and Colorado. ‘I love Hawai’i the most,’ she said, so she will be sent off in true Hawaiian style, with aloha,” the rep said.
The memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort DeRussy Beach, and will include a “Hawaiian ʻOli (chant), prayer, followed by a paddle out with family and friends.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring loose flowers, and use the hashtag #alohaoemrsdog.
“Aloha ‘Oe” means “farewell to thee,” and the rep explained, “There is a song by the same name, which Hawaiians often sing at the end of a party, funerals, or when people are leaving the islands.”
Beth’s husband Duane “Dog” Chapman is also planning a second memorial service for family in Colorado.
Dog broke the sad news of Beth’s death on Wednesday morning. He tweeted, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”
Hours after she passed away, he spoke to reporters for the first time.
According to HawaiiNewsNow.com, Beth, 51, immediately thought of her family when she suffered an “attack,” which led to her medically induced coma. Dog said, “When she had an attack, I didn’t know anything to do but to say ‘in Jesus’ name’ and hold her, and when I said ‘in Jesus’ name’, she said, ‘Say it again, say it more.’ And then she told the girls and everybody, with her mouth — she came out of it a couple times — ‘I love you’ and ‘Are you guys all okay? Don’t worry,’ but she never accepted it.”
Struggling to hold back tears, Dog admitted that Beth’s death “came very unexpected, really fast,” adding, “All of her clothes were exactly where they were, her makeup, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
“It’s just incredible when you walk alone in the bedroom and you’re there and she was there two days ago,” Chapman noted.
Dog said he still feels her presence in the home they shared. He explained, “Beth was somewhat of a control person — not from the grave, but from heaven. I’m sure she’s still controlling me and I’ve got notes in my pillowcases, on my sink, in my shaving thing. She’s still telling me what to wear.”
“She wanted to live so bad and she fought so long, and the reason she fought, she liked life but she wanted to show people how to beat it and what to do when it got her,” Dog continued. “One of the last things she said [was], ‘It’s a test of my faith.’ She had faith and that was it. There’s things you go through when you’re dying, like steps like you do when you lose someone, right? You get mad at them, and then you go through all these steps. Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it. And she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go, Bethy.”
As for how he is coping, Dog said, “It’s terrible, the most terrible time in someone’s life. You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death, so it’s not good.”
He stressed the importance of finding a cure for cancer, saying, “All we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away.”
Before he wrapped up his interview with reporters, he emphasized, “My final words are: Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping… I hope there is a God and if there is, I’m gonna see my honey again. That’s all we can do is hope.”
Beth will be cremated, The Blast reports. A source told the site that she gave instructions for her death arrangements, requesting she be cremated. It is unknown if the family will keep her ashes or scatter them in a special place.
Dog and Beth had been married since 2006. She is survived by Dog and their kids, Cecily, Bonnie, Garry and Dominic.