'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman planned her beautiful memorial service in Hawaii with her family before her death
Beth had announced in 2017 that she has been diagnosed with stage II throat cancer, and had undergone severe chemo before announcing that she was stopping the treatment last month.
Beth Chapman's friends, fans and family are still reeling from the shock of her death, and while we are still not prepared to accept that she is gone, Beth had been prepared for this day in advance. TMZ has reported that the reality star has planned her memorial services way before her death on Wednesday, June 26.
The 51-year-old, who had been fighting cancer for many years, told her family that she wished to have funeral services open to the public in both Hawaii and Colorado - the two states that she had homes in with her husband Duane Chapman aka Dog the Bounty Hunter. Sources close to the couple reportedly revealed that the couple had several discussions regarding the memorial arrangements in case of her sudden death, and while the discussions were difficult the family members are now glad they happened so that they can carry out her wishes.
On Wednesday night, Dog addressed his wife's death outside their home in Honolulu and ensured that the message was peppered with jokes in order to celebrate her life and who she was as a person. "This cancer gig, of course, we gotta find a cure, because all we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away," he told the media present there.
Saturday saw the memorial service in Hawaii, where Dog gave an emotional speech. The service saw her family and friends paddle out from Fort DeRussy Beach and tossed flowers into the ocean in her memory after an 'oli and traditional Hawaiian blessing.
Beth had announced in 2017 that she has been diagnosed with stage II throat cancer but she was told she was cancer-free by December of the same year. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in 2018 November, after which she underwent intensive chemo. Despite this it was evident that she was trying to keep the normalcy of her life intact, oftentimes stepping out with her husband for an evening out, and doing things that she loves as often as she can, like getting her nails done.
On Mother's Day last month, she had announced that she had stopped chemo. In her last days, she was surrounded by the people who love her, especially husband Dog, who posted a heartwarming tweet upon her passing, which read, "Today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."