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I went to a funeral today. Way to make you not want to keep reading. I avoid pain and sadness too. Sadly the beautiful lady who is lost to us except in memory, could not.

I have been crying on and off since she departed on Sunday. And there were many closer to her than I was.

She was a gentle woman who never had a cross word with anyone (yes they do exist). She helped so many people in her life – materially and immaterially.

Just a few months ago she sent me her delicious chilli con carne (having heard that my grandmother was visiting me later that day). She was at home, ravaged by breast cancer, yet still thinking of others.

We thought she would get better. We were wrong.

She loved God, People, Poetry, Stained Glass and Life.

We love her still.


by Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

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  • Violet: Thanks Alannah :) Apologies for not replying sooner: I'm finally catching my breath and the year is almost over!
  • Alannah Murphy: I remember your first post, way back when I had my old Here Be Dragons blog, and I am glad you are still writing. We all find out, sooner or later, ho
  • Violet: Good to hear that Aaron. Good Luck with your work.