Death is a very personal thing, affecting the immediate families the most of course - but during a long life touching many others too.
Since I wrote about my Mother in a Blog in February 2009, the number of people who read the story and who have enquired about her health and her life has been amazing. It just demonstrates that you don't have to be born on the "right street" to be successful. You can still be bright academically and with more than your fair share of common sense, even if you were born in a deprived area or country. And you don't have to count success by the number of pennies you have accumulated more than the next person, or the titles that you have. You can achieve that and more by being a down to earth, honest, loyal, loving, hard-working and caring individual.
By now you know where this is going.
Sadly, my wonderful Mother passed away this morning, the 27th of January, Her passing , in her 96th year, was peaceful and with no pain. I was happy to be able to spend the last day of her life at her side and say goodbye. She was happy too. It was what she wanted - she was ready for another life but of course we will all miss her terribly.
She has instilled in all of us a sense of believing in everything that she stood for and practiced. Her values. She was practical to the end. She told us all we were not to grieve for her life, but to celebrate it. A life that was not always easy, but had to be lived, as she had done, to the full and without regret.
Celebrate we will, in due course, as instructed! Life must go on, we know - as will her memories live on in all of her family and, it seems, in the many admirers that she never knew.
Requiescat in pace!
December 2014 - and still good for a party!!