Friday, 26 June 2015

A lovely send off


Thank you so much once again for those of you who thought of me and sent your best wishes. I have had overwhelming support! It's also been an absolute pleasure to catch glimpses of Mum's past from her old school friends writing to me.
Yesterday went very well. I was so pleased that the service celebrated Mum's colourful and interesting life rather than focussing on mourning her passing. Some tears were shed, but we also laughed a lot whilst remembering her quirks and occasionally outrageous behaviour. My brother spoke extremely well about our memories of her and my son did a lovely reading.
The weather on Thursday was glorious (as my mother would have described it!) and her garden looked gorgeous when we arrived in the morning. I was able to create a lovely bunch of flowers for the coffin from a wide range of cottage flowers in the garden. Mum always preferred her own flowers to bought bunches!



It was a lovely send off and I think she would have liked it :)

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  1. I love the idea of flowers from the garden thats the only flowers I want when I go, such a lovely touch :-)

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    1. I was like a kid in a sweet shop - so many to choose from. I know she would have been very happy with that bunch x

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  2. Good for you. We added flowers from Mums garden to her funeral flowers also. There is a florist in my husbands family else we may well have done exactly the same as you. Onwards and upwards. Jackie. x

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    1. I'm no florist, but they are so beautiful, you can't really go wrong. Yes, it's now time to start moving on slowly x

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  3. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady. Glad that you celebrated her life and gave her a glorious send off!

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    1. Thank you. She was full of life and always looking to get even more out of it, so a sad quiet funeral wouldn't have been appropriate. My brother's tribute had us all laughing :)

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  4. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady. Glad that you celebrated her life and gave her a glorious send off!

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  5. Glad the day went well and the sun shone, the flowers from the garden is a lovely personal touch.

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  6. So glad it all went well, you have all made her very proud. Such a lovely idea about the flowers, absolutely perfect, a personal touch like that means so much - thinking of you all x

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    1. Yes I like to think of her being sent off with flowers from her lively garden. This was her favourite time of year as there was so much life in the garden. :)

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  7. Oh that is SO lovely. For her to have her own flowers fresh from the garden, what a wonderful thing to do.

    I'm glad the day went well, I think a funeral that celebrates the life of a person rather than simply mourning their passing is so much better for everyone. I found out so many snippets from friends of Mum in Law and my Dad at their funerals that I felt like I knew them even better, it leaves you with a sense of things being neatly finished off. I hope you know what I mean, not explaining it very well.

    Love to you all. xx

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    1. I totally understand what you are saying. Completing the missing parts of the jigsaw that make up a persons life, leaves me feeling that she had a full and eventful life, leaving a wonderful legacy behind. My brother and I have enjoyed sharing memories of our childhoods too. :) x

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  8. Those flowers are beautiful and what a lovely personal touch. I'm glad the day went as well as it could and you were able to celebrate her life. Much love to you and your family. X

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    1. Thank you. There was a profusion of cottage flowers for me to choose from. It was a lovely peaceful way to reflect a little, before the funeral, as I strolled around her garden with her trug and secateurs! :)

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  9. Glad it all passed without problems. The flowers are beautiful and a lovely personal touch on the day. The next few weeks will be difficult but I'm sure you're going to be fine. Take care.

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