Today in Heath Ledger's hometown, 600 people came out to mourn and celebrate the late actor's life. The invite only ceremony included family and friends, but no baby Matilda. Songs were sung including a lullaby by Ben Harper called Happily Ever After in Your Eyes written for Matilda per Heath's request almost two years ago. The family and Cate Blanchett spoke as well as Michelle Williams who read Shakespeare's, Sonnet 18, you know, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day." After the sad ceremony, the mood changed as 50 of the friends, including Michelle, ran onto a beach with (and some without) their clothes on. Here are more details of the celebration, which finally produced some smiles that would have made Heath proud:
Those in the water laughed and cheered as Michelle watched from the shore. Ledger's sister Kate also took a dive into the water and was surrounded by pals splashing around her while her father Kim Ledger watched from the restaurant's balcony and shouted, "Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!" giving two thumbs up in the air.
As the sun began to set, the swimmers came on shore and stood in a line on both sides of Williams and linked arms. In the last five minutes, as the sun moved toward the horizon, the mourners stood in silence, watching and embracing. Williams hugged Kate Ledger and smiled as she watched the sunset at 8:15 p.m., local time. Two mourners in the group summoned up the moment as they stood behind Williams. "The sun goes down on our love," they said. "But it will never go down on Heathy."
As saddening as this whole thing has been, it is so sweet to finally see some smiles. Michelle clearly has an excellent support system and we hope she and the rest of Heath's family continues to mourn in peace as well as slowly learn to smile again.