Touching farewell with Ari Behn: Love you for always, dad

A drawing by the Norwegian artist and writer Ari Behn adorned his chest, since both the official Norway and the Norwegian people yesterday took leave of Behn, w

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
03 January 2020 Friday 13:00
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Touching farewell with Ari Behn: Love you for always, dad

A drawing by the Norwegian artist and writer Ari Behn adorned his chest, since both the official Norway and the Norwegian people yesterday took leave of Behn, who died on christmas day, only 47 years old.

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A drawing made by the eldest of the three daughters, 16-year-old Maud Angelica, as he was in his marriage with the Norwegian princess Märtha Louise. A drawing that should have been her christmas gift to him. It told she, deeply affected, in both its poignant and powerful farewell speech at his chest in Oslo completely filled the cathedral.

today I speak to you, and I tremble enough also a little on the hands. I should have given you this drawing as a christmas present. I worked on it for at least ten hours, and while I drew, I thought of how much I love you and how excited I was to see your reaction. But I will never be able to see your pleasant smile and your kind eyes again, she said, among other things.

Maud Angelica Behn, Emma Tallulah Behn and Leah Isadora Behn says a last goodbye to their father. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
Would anyone in the church be in no doubt about the loss, as she and her two smaller sisters – Leah Isadora and Emma Tallulah – has a little, did they just look at the girls ' wreath for their father: ’Love you forever’, it said on bårebuketten.

Although the voice snapped, and the tears pressed on in a degree, so she had to have a comforting hand from the mother, talked to Maud Angelica is also open and the urges of the demons his father fought with.

– You have been mentally ill for many years, and it has been difficult for us children, she said, and came with an invitation to all:

– I will say to everyone who goes through this, there is always a way out, even though it doesn't feel that way. There are people out there who can help. You can get help. I ask you with all my heart, my soul and body; ask for help. It is never a shame. It is a strength, she said, before she on her own and the girl's behalf ended with the words:

– We love you, father. You are a glittering diamond.

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Ari Behn chose christmas to take his own life. He was 47 years old. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

The Norwegian crown prince was with to carry the coffin out of the church. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

Updated: 03.01.2020 13:00
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