Elizabeth Taylor died one week ago today but her legend will live on. Her loveliness radiated kindness and deep empathy. In addition to her lifelong love of animals, she understood and reached out to those who were in pain or despair. Perhaps Kahlil Gibran said it best when he wrote, "Beauty is a light in the heart."
When she died last Wednesday of congestive heart failure Elizabeth was surrounded by her four children at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.
She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in a service that began with poetry readings by actor Colin Farrell and Taylor's family members. The casket was draped in gardenias, violets, and lilies of the valley before its interment in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum beneath a marble sculpture of an angel inspired by the work of Italian artist Michelangelo.
Honor the memory of this exceptional animal lover by donating to your local animal shelter, or better yet, adopt a homeless cat, dog, rabbit or other companion animal.