Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunshine And Flowers

Photo copyright: Maggie May

In my last post, I was feeling really sad and was hoping for a dry day for my sister in law's funeral. It was very cold for a day or two beforehand and it had rained some of the time but the day quite unexpectedly turned out to be not only dry, but sunny and warmish too, which was an added bonus, I thought.
The day was still sad, but I think the service was very moving and meaningful and lots of people attended, some of them I hadn't seen for a long time. There was a feeling of closeness and empathy. Gloria was laid to rest in a beautiful setting where it is tranquil and peaceful and calm. I think all those words have the same meaning but I like them and they describe the place well.
I think the whole experience was thought provoking for everyone who attended and we all came away having gained something.
My brother feels very up and down emotionally, which is quite normal for a grieving husband. Eddie wants everyone to know that when he feels up to it, he will start blogging again. Plenty of time for that later, I say. No need to rush.

I also was very blessed with a warm, sunny day on my Birthday and I was able to visit the seven local gardens and enjoy them in comfort and sit in a beautiful place eating cake and drinking tea. I did appreciate everything that happened that day and also the previous evening when some of the family got together for a meal and we spent a very happy time together. 
Families are very precious and I know that Eddie has found his son and daughter to be an immense comfort and help to him.
So to all the family, many thanks. You all know who you are.



17 comments:

Eddie Bluelights said...

Thanks Maggie. As you say I will post soon about the sad loss of my wife and then the funeral. I hope to feel up to it soon but I wish to thank everyone for their warm and loving wishes. I am indeed a fortunate man having so many people rallying round at this sad time. Love Eddie x

Hilary said...

I'm glad the weather came through for your family, Maggie. Such a difficult and painful time. It's good to have family and friends and occasions like birthdays to remind us of all the goodness that remains. Hugs to you and hugs to your dear brother, Eddie.

Mimi said...

Maggie, the warm weather made a very painful day that tiny bit more bearable, for that I'm glad, both for you and Eddie.
It's good that family rally round at times of loss.
Would love to see Eddie blogging again, when he feels ready. In the meantime, hugs to him and you!

Sandy Carlson said...

I'm glad you got the weather on your side, but I'm very sorry for your loss.

Jackie said...

Always with you and your family in my heart and in my prayers, dear Maggie. Sending love to you.
Jackie

Irene said...

I am glad the weather co-operated on both of these important days and I am so happy for you that you had a good birthday celebration.

Akelamalu said...

Funeral don't seem quite as sad somehow when the weather is fine do they? Hope it won't be too long before you and your family are just remembering the good and happy times you spent with your sister-in-law. x

SueAnn Lommler said...

Thank you for sharing this day with me...I did not know that she had passed. Breaks my heart. I will be praying for Eddie and all of the family.
Hugging you all
SueAnn

Celia said...

So sorry Maggie, glad for the bit of sun, hugs to you and your family.

rosaria williams said...

Maggie, give Eddie my condolences, please! This is indeed a difficult time for everyone, especially for the partner, and for the children all left behind to face the enormous loss. We are never prepared for such losses.

Hope you and your husband are hanging in there.

lailani said...

Sounds like god smiled on you all, all things considered, and your wishes/prayers were answered. Celebrating the sun and the birthday fun with you!

Brian Miller said...

i am glad that eddie has those supports...hard to even think of losing a spouse...glad you got the weather...give eddie a hug for me...

Munir said...

Sorry about your loss. Our thoughts will be with your brother. We loose our loved ones, never the less God gives us strength and hope.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Such a hard loss, I'm sorry.

Retired English Teacher said...

I too am so sorry for the loss that you all have experienced. I'm thankful the day was sunny and that there were many friends and family there to support you.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh my goodness, I have been a terrible blogger of late and had no idea Eddie had suffered a loss. I am so very sorry to hear this news.

Such beautiful flowers in your picture, Maggie. The sun obviously shone down for a reason.

My love to you and Eddie xx

Suburbia said...

That's a lovely calm post Maggie.

I'm sorry I missed your birthday, Happy belated birthday anyway, it sounds as if you had a peaceful and pleasant day.