We have been overwhelmed by the all the many and various ways so many people have supported us through this difficult time. With relatives flying round the world to surprise us, old friends making wonderful and moving tributes and so many people offering their condolences both in person at the funeral and in many beautiful letters. We are simply humbled by all the support and know that Daddy would be so touched – as someone wrote in one of the letters it is ironic that his funeral probably turned out to be the one party he would have died not to miss!
We couldn’t believe that even his gym sent us flowers…
The funeral was never going to be an easy day, but we were strengthened by the tremendous support of all our family and friends. We are so grateful to so many people, but especially Reverend Jenny Edmans for allowing us to use the All Saints Church in Brill and for guiding us through such a beautiful service; Esther Brazil for her heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Laudate Dominum, which reduced us all to tears, but was the perfect send off! And S&R Childs for making the process as easy as it could possibly be under the circumstances and providing everything we asked for and many things we didn’t even know we needed. Daddy would have especially loved the yellow flowers which are still brightening up the house…
Perhaps the biggest tribute of all was the massively unexpected generosity of all who donated to the collection at the Church – even the Funeral Director couldn’t believe that we collected over £1700, which will go towards Cancer Research UK and hopefully ensure that others do not have to suffer as Daddy did.
We are also grateful to the fantastic recommendation of the Idle Rocks in St Mawes, where we took Mummy after the funeral for a surprise break in the hope that a few days away from it all would make everything easier to face…
It couldn’t have been a more perfect place and in the spirit of Alice’s poem, even the dreadful weather seemed appropriate…
I Live On
I died but did not leave you.
I am here, and have not gone.
Though my spirit left my body
don’t be sad, for I live on.
My love is all around you.
Can you feel it? Can you see?
That gentle breeze upon your face
is not the wind… but me.
I’m the sweet song of a bluebird
when spring is in the air.
I’m the roses in a garden.
You can find me everywhere.
Whenever you are missing me
look up to heaven’s skies.
I’m the twinkle in the stars.
I’m the sunset, and sunrise.
I’m a raindrop and a rainbow.
I’m the ocean’s waves of blue;
So everywhere you go you’ll know,
I live on, loving you.
Despite everything we cried, laughed, walked (for miles!) and had a wonderful few days together…
On our last morning we awoke to an enormous rainbow encircling the town – perhaps we have all gone crazy, but we decided to interpret this as a sign that Daddy approved…