The flood and outpouring of love from all over this globe shows how humanity
is truly one family.
Aram's funeral was held in the majestically wooded Swan Point Cemetery in
the Northeast part of Providence, Rhode Island at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, the
14th of July. During the internment, 9 special roses brought by his brother
Kamran from the Holiest Spot on Earth, were placed on Aram's casket.
When the services were completed, all felt as if we had been to a wedding.
The spirit of joy and laughter becoming contagious. That night the City of
Providence celebrated with a summer festival called Water Fire. We joined
many of its citizens as they unwittingly celebrated Aram's freedom from the
"Chains and fetters of this world". There is no room for grief when we
contemplate Aram's "Plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries".
What seemed a senseless and tragic death is now beginning to shed some light
on itself. There have been numerous Memorials and Devotionals held on every
continent of this globe in Aram's honor (we have not yet heard from
Antarctica). There can only be joy when there are messages sent telling us
of the effect these have had on the friends, and the friends of the Faith as
stories of his life and activity were shared. Many commenting on the value
of every minute in our lives, and how Aram effectively utilized every single
one in his calm and serene way.
In his aunt's home there was no standing room left as she and my high school
friends held a memorial service. Old friends who came to share in our grief
became seekers as they were surprised by the spiritual joy that was shared.
We, his family, ask that if you do have any stories of events such as this,
please share them with us.
The love of the friends for him has caused a new facebook group, and new
websites to emerge. One such site is:
http://www.sierra-arts.net/aramadlparvar1.html with continued links to
letters and a selection of his photographs.
A most important outcome of his "winging his way" has been the formation of
The Aram Adlparvar Foundation. It is the goal of this Foundation to
encourage and assist youth in global service projects associated with the
Faith. This is what Aram did for himself, and loved. He also encouraged
many of the youth to use their talents and develop their characters in such
a way as to develop a world embracing vision of service.
Only due to the requests received, we ask you not to buy flowers unless you
feel compelled to do so, but to contribute to the International Fund and/or
the Chilean House of Worship fund. As we are still in the process of
establishing the Aram Adlparvar Foundation, contributions to this Foundation
will not be accepted.
The Memorial will be held on Friday July 20th, at 6:00pm, at the Bell Tower
Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. U.S.A.
Please share this celebration of his service and life with us.
A humble father, of a humble servant, Payam Adlparvar
Letters of Condolences
The UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
The Universal House of Justice was saddened to learn, from your email letter of 11 July 2007, of the sudden passing of dear Aram Adlparvar. You may be assured of the supplications of the House of Justice in the Holy Shrines for the progress of his soul throughout the worlds of God and for the comforting grace and tender mercies of the Blessed Beauty to surround his grieving parents, other family members, and friends during this difficult period.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Department of the Secretariat
from: The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States
July 14, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Payam Adlparvar, Lake Forest, CA
Dearest Bahá'í Friends,
The National Spiritual Assembly was grieved to learn of the tragic and untimely passing of your beloved son, Aram. The loss of any loved one is a severe test, but how much more so when death takes one so young, so full of promise, so clearly in the prime of his life. Our hearts go out to you.
While deploring its brevity, we can celebrate the two decades of Aram's earthly sojourn and the goodness of the legacy he leaves behind. His devoted and highly commendable efforts, during a year of service offered to the Faith, in Swaziland and in Italy, Australia, Samoa, and Tonga are certain to be long and warmly remembered by the many whose lives he touched and are recalled by us with deepest gratitude.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences and share them with your cherished daughter, Nura, and son, Kamran. Be assured we will offer prayers beneath the lofty dome of the sacred and majestic Bahá'í House of Worship for the eternal progress of Aram's precious soul and for a sweet family reunion one day in the realms of Light.
With tender Bahá'í love,
Kenneth E. Bowers
from: The International Teaching Centre, Baha'i World Centre
16 July 2007
Dr. Farzin Aghdasi: Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas
Dearly loved Co-worker,
We were saddened to receive your email of 11 July 2007 informing us of the tragic accident that took the life of the devoted youth Aram Adlparvar. Please convey our heartfelt condolences to his family in their bereavement and assure them of our prayers at the Sacred Threshold for the progress of his radiant soul throughout the divine realms and for their solace at this time of loss.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
The International Teaching Centre
cc: Board of Counsellors in the Americas
Dr. Eugene S. Andrews
Mr. Stephen Birkland
Mrs. Rebequa Murphy
Mr. Gerardo Vargas
Please Note: These letters were forwarded to the webmaster, James Leonard-Amodeo,
by Dr. Farzin Aghdasi, member of the Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas,
with the request that they be published on this website.
It is with a heavy heart that we beg your forgiveness for bringing you this sad and tragic news. One never wants to share news of this type, but we feel compelled to do so as you would not forgive us if we did not
Our son, Aram Robert Adlparvar, in the early evening of July 10th, (a
day after the Bab's martyrdom) was involved in a car accident, and
was mortally injured. Thankfully no one else was involved.
His name was a gift to our family in 1975 by the Hand of the Cause of God, Abu'l-Qasim Faizi who was a very dear family friend. Aram truly personified the meaning of his name (Serene) as he always had a special demeanor of calmness and joy about him. I think all that knew him would attest to the way he would enter a
room and brighten the hearts of all therein.
As parents we can honestly say that he made parenthood
easy. He was the sparkle our my eye, the smile in our
hearts, and the joy of our souls. His beaming face, and his
brilliant sense of humor turned many hearts to a joyous state. This was his personality from the moment of his birth in Harare, Zimbabwe, on October 21st 1985 (a day after the Bab's Birthday).
His cautious adventure was evident, and he always challenged himself for excellence in his endeavours. He won a championship with his Crew Rowing team, and also competed in triathlons, marathons and in bike races. He was enchanted by the
written word and sought its finest examples in poetry and
prose. In 2004 Aram traveled the world starting with his year of service in an elementary school in Swaziland (Africa), where he fell in love with teaching and made it the focus of his education. He also became reacquainted with the land of his birth, fell in love with its people and immediately began to pick up the Zulu and siSwati languages.
Within two weeks of his arrival in Swaziland, he was invited to a ceremony where he was adopted by a village and given a Swazi name, 'Tulane'. This name had been picked by the village, as it best described him. When he asked what it meant, he was told 'the calm or serene one'. They had no knowledge of the meaning of his original name! After a nine
month stay, he continued through Asia to
Australia where he served at the House
of Worship, then to New Zealand where he
visited a dear friend, Harold, on to the Island
of Tonga with the Ocean of Light school
and the Bolouri family, and finally to
Western Samoa where he served at
the House of Worship. His life was
driven by his acts of service, as a Youth
Animator, and as an Assistant to the
Auxiliary Board. In Ridvan of this year,
together we had the bounty of a
Pilgrimage. Most recently he moved
to Rhode Island, USA, to continue his
education and be close to Magen Cook,
a beloved friend.
God, the Great Gardener picked this young
rose. we are truly honored that God would take
Aram for His needs. The gift He gave us was
returned to Him. We pray, "that he may
plunge into the sea of light in the world
Cindy and I will be traveling to Rhode Island
to take care of the funeral arrangements. Our daughter
Nura is already close, as she is serving in Green Acre.
Our first born, Kamran, will (God willing) also join us by flying back from the Holy Land where he is serving
We ask for your Prayers for the progress of this youthful soul,
and the patience and strength for all those beloved ones left
behind. The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 14th in Rhode
Island (see details below). All are welcome. There will also be
a memorial gathering held in Southern California next week.
All are welcome.
We thank you from the depths of our hearts for your prayers.
Payam & Cindy Adlparvar
Click here to read letters of condolences from
The Universal House of Justice
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the USA
The International Teaching Centre (Board of Counsellors in the Americas)
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The funeral for Aram Adlparvar was held Saturday, July 14th, at 1 p.m. at:
Monahan, Drabble & Sherman Mortuary
230 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-421-9887
Aram Adlparvar's mortal remains were interred at:
The Swan Point Cemetery
585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 1-401-272-1314 - Fax: 1-401-272-3571
Please visit the following website for more info on this cemetery: