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Tuesday 22nd August [Aug. 22nd, 2006|11:54 pm]
Peter Sheil
Today was my Mum's cremation. It was a small event, as she wanted it, just ten of us plus the minister. It went about as well as these things can. I read a short verse:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
for I am not there,
I did not die.

I almost managed all of it without cracking.

The service went well and the minister did a very good summary of Mum's life considering he had never met her and had just had one meeting with my sister and me.

Afterwards we went back to Mum's house for food, drinks and lots of chat - five bottles of champagne helped everyone relax.

And then, hours later, people went; a few, then a few more, then others. Finally I left Mary with a friend of her's who had come down to help with the organising. There is an empty feeling left, but there are many happy memories as well.

For those who haven't seen it yet, I wrote a limerick about Mum's death. I can't tead it without crying, so you may need a tissue if you follow the link: http://www.oedilf.com/db/Lim.php?LimerickId=18576


[User Picture]From: annalytical
2006-08-22 11:51 pm (UTC)
*hug* I am sorry for your loss Peter.
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[User Picture]From: becky44
2006-08-23 12:15 am (UTC)
***big hugs***
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[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2006-08-23 12:16 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: angel2dy4
2006-08-23 02:33 am (UTC)


I'm sorry for your loss Peter. I can only imagine the pain of losing a parent....life is far too short. Huge hugs to you

I LOVE THAT VERSE! I must make not of that!

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[User Picture]From: amberjoh
2006-08-23 03:18 am (UTC)
My heart goes out to you and your family, Peter.
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[User Picture]From: chorus_of_chaos
2006-08-23 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry Peter. It is so very hard to lose them, I lost my Dad a few months ago and it tears me up I didn't get to see him one last time.

If there's anything I can do to help, though I can't imagine what, let me know...I'm at least sending cyber hugs your way.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2006-08-23 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm really really sorry to hear about your mom.

*lots of hugs*
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[User Picture]From: bellanna
2006-08-23 06:42 am (UTC)
Sorry for your loss. *hug* I am glad you do have so many happy memories though.
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-08-23 07:16 am (UTC)
My thoughts are with you and your sister. (((HUGS)))
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[User Picture]From: ladiorange
2006-08-23 08:24 am (UTC)



I'm sorry to hear about your loss but that poem is beautiful and very touching
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[User Picture]From: wren08
2006-08-23 09:48 am (UTC)
Your verses are beautiful but I'm sorry for the occasion.

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From: gorgeous_yulia
2006-08-23 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.

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[User Picture]From: dragoncharmer
2006-08-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
i was wondering where you had been, its not like you to be gone for so long without explanation.

i am truly saddened for your loss. i remember your mum well and she was truly a sweet and loving lady. she is part of the good memories i have of britain and my time there.

i'll be sending you love, compassion and healing.

be well peter.

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