Saying goodbye to my Mum

Saying goodbye to my Mum

I’m sure not many people blog about a family funeral or memorial but as, over the years of having a blog, my beloved Mum has featured in many.  We had a memorial service for her in Somerset West on Wednesday, different to the norm, I think, but very special for us all.


Those in our family who were able to be there gathered for a service conducted by our cousin, Gavin in the UK via Skype.  He is a minister at an Elim Christian Fellowship Church in the England.  Our eldest brother Richard, also in the UK, was on the conference Skype call as well.  Our cousin Barry came from Ramsgate in KwaZulu Natal, hubby’s sister and brother in law, Cheryl and Bob from Hermanus, and Mum’s younger sister, Mulla joined us on this very special day of remembrance.    Jeanette, Lance and the boys who were holidaying in Cape Town were there too.   It was a joyous day reminiscing about loving and happy memories of our dearly beloved Mum, Granny and Great Granny.  Mum was looking down on us and smiling.  Thank you Gavin for reading scriptures and leading us in prayer.   Those of Mum’s grandchildren and great grandchildren who couldn’t be with us, cousin Peter and all our extended family were with us in spirit.

The following day hubby, Ian and I climbed partially up a mountain in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve along the R44 Clarence Drive, to scatter her ashes and a bunch of bright gerberas (Barberton Daisies) and chrysanthemums.  We chose the same spot close to two rocks where we scattered our Dad’s ashes.

It is amazingly quiet there except for faint echoes of the sea against the mountain and twittering of birds.   Photographs don’t do justice to the gorgeous colours of fynbos, grasses and proteas.  A perfect place in a natural garden with an unspoilt view of the sea and a magnificent tombstone reaching to the heavens

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Descending the mountain …

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Sunbird on a protea bush sang sweetly for our beloved Mum …

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These pretty pink fynbos were in abundance …

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From where we parked the car …

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Hubby, Ian and I took a second bunch of brightly coloured Barberton Daisies and chrysanths to the Frail Care unit of the Home to thank them for all the kindness and caring shown to our Mum.  Their TLC was very much appreciated over the 11 years she was under their care.

Glancing into her room, I felt very sad seeing her empty bed 🙁  but I know she is at rest and at peace in a beautiful natural garden on a mountain slope, created by God Himself

4 Replies to “Saying goodbye to my Mum”

  1. “If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy,
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
    Ah yes, these things too I will miss.”

    Sent with
    Lots of love to you all.

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