Sad Goodbyes

Florence 1943-2016

We little knew that morning
God was to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again


Today my aunt was laid to rest.
She was a very stoic woman who had a lot of strength. She was in great pain on a constant basis but would never complain or let on that she was not well.
She lived her life her way and that is what is important.
Her husband passed many years ago after being ill for a very long time.
She leaves behind 2 sons and 2 daughters and several grandchildren and great-children.  

Sadly, another family member passed today too.

My cousin Patrick and nephew to my auntie, Florence and to my mom.

He had heart trouble and several heart attacks over the years. 
He had another heart attack today after they laid my auntie to rest.

I don't know for sure but I think it was the stress of the long journey (for him about 1000 km one way).

 Patrick was a loving and sensitive person who became closer to my mom and would visit her in the care home after losing his own mother. 

Sad, sad day for his wife and young son left behind.  
It  was only a few short years ago that their other son passed unexpectedly..
They say a parent never gets over the demise of their child.  A child dying before a parent is out of the order of things.

In a post a short while ago I was writing how important it is to give thanks for every good thing and to enjoy the beauty that is here all around us while we can..
If we are exceptionally busy we should pause and remember to  give thanks.  Embrace all that is good and lovely.
Always remember to tell your loved ones that they are loved.  We just never know how long we will have with them on this earth.

 Prayers abound for the immediate loved ones who will find it difficult in the weeks and months to follow.
Much love
May God watch over you and your loved ones and keep you safe

2 Corinthians  (TLB)
 Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus. We know these things are true by believing, not by seeing. And we are not afraid but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please him always in everything we do, whether we are here in this body or away from this body and with him in heaven


  1. sorry for your losses, praying for the family.

  2. Oh my, such a great deal of loss for one family in such a short period of time. I am so deeply sorry and send wishes of peace and healing. Florence sounded like an amazing woman and Patrick far too young so say farewell. Your poem is lovely.

    And yes, so important to live each day and to tell people what they mean to you when one can. Sending huge hugs your way.

  3. I'm very sorry to hear about your losses. Each person is different. Each loss is different. Each loss is difficult in it's own way.

  4. Very sorry for your loss sounds like she was a wonderful person to know xxx

  5. Holding some loving thoughts for you and your family at this time Penny. Very sorry for your loss.

  6. OH bless your heart, so much loss in such a short time. I am so, so sorry.
    My thoughts are with you,

  7. How inexplicably tragic it is that the nephew should pass away after his aunt’s funeral. It brings to mind a quote I have been hearing a lot recently: "You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).

  8. I'm so sorry for your loss! May your Aunt rest in peace


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