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Family And Friends Remember Mindy McCready At Nashville Memorial

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Kurt Wolff
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The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville was a solemn place on Wednesday (March 6), as a couple hundred mourners gathered shortly after 1pm to honor the late country star Mindy McCready.

Less than a month ago, the country star took her own life at her home in Arkansas. This tragedy came just weeks following another equally tragic event–the suicide of Mindy’s boyfriend, record producer David Wilson.

Following her death, Mindy’s family and fans were given a glimpse into her mindset with the posthumous release of her song “I’ll See You Yesterday”, which she recorded just days before claiming her own life. The song was written by Courtney Dashe, who revealed to E! News she had no idea McCready had even recorded the song until after her death.

Reverend Edward F. Steiner welcomed guests at the start of the service, and then the church was filled with the sounds of “I’ll See You Yesterday.” Family members and some of McCready’s friends from the music industry all took a few moments to speak to the crowd. One was band leader Jimmy Nichols, who took the time to speak about the sacrifices people should personally make to help their friends in need. “We should look deeper into the lives of those of us who cry out for help and see if there isn’t more that we can do to make a difference in others’ lives, even if it means some sacrifices within our own.”

Another was singer Lorrie Morgan, one of Mindy’s former labelmates. “Who knows what could have made Mindy truly happy?” Morgan said. “We all seem to ask ourselves, ‘What could we have done to change this sad outcome?’”

Bryan White, Cat Atwood and Lorrie Morgan

Bryan White, Kat Atwood and Lorrie Morgan attend the memorial service for Mindy McCready in Nashville (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Morgan, Bekka Bramlett, and Bryan White each sang during the service. Others who spoke included McCready’s publicist Kat Atwood and her cousin Ashley Webb, who spoke in lieu of McCready’s father.

McCready’s mother Gayle Inge ended the service with a positive message before mourners left to face the cold Nashville day: “Mindy did deal with issues, but she’s healed today. And I don’t know that she could have been healed here, but she’s healed on the other side.”

-Jodi Phillips, The New 103.7/Charlotte and Kurt Wolff, Radio.com

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