Friday, 14 May 2010

Today



My Mum died this morning at 4am. It was peaceful and she was at home with us and it was as good as a death of a loved one can be. She was 86...and much loved.

The funeral is Wednesday next week. If anyone who knows us personally wants details then email me and I'll send them on. I've written a kind of life story thing for the funeral that I can also send to anyone who knew her and wants to see it (it's currently awaiting approval from rest of clan of course...).

I'm not sure of the exact date of the above photo - maybe someone else can date it from the collar or something. She was Margaret Anne Bryant...then Margaret Anne Parr...then Margaret Anne Fox. She was Mum and Grandma, Meg and Maggie. She was a marvellous human being.

Thanks for all your good wishes over the past weeks. It was a tough time but I had a lot of help and support at home and from all over. Nothing will ever be the same again.

x

28 comments:

annie clarkson said...

Oh, sad news, sending my lovely warm thoughts to you and your family x

Totalfeckineejit said...

My God, Rachel, I'm so sorry.But what a wonderful thing you did for her. May she rest in peace. My thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.

Peadar.

Liz said...

Rachel, I am so sorry and sending my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
Take care.
Liz
xx

Susan at Stony River said...

Oh Rachel. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your whole family now.

Margaret was my mother's name too, and though it's been nearly six years since she's gone, the world seems an emptier place without her to brighten it. But I'm glad your mother was at home, that's a blessing -- and I love the photo; she's lovely.

I wish I could send hugs through a keyboard -- I'm certainly wishing for plenty of them for you!

Claire A said...

So sorry Rachel. Love and sympathies to you and all the family. X

Marion said...

So sorry to hear this, thinking of you and your family xx

Jim Murdoch said...

There are never the right words at a time like this and whatever words we do come up with always feel inadequate, not up to the task in hand. I'm sad for you and sorry for your loss. Nothing should ever be the same again.

John Baker said...

Thoughts and hugs, Rachel.

evalinn said...

I feel so sorry for you, warm thoughts from over here!

Titus said...

No words, but my thoughts and sympathies to you and the family.
It was a privilege to have met her, even briefly.
With love from us all.

Peter Goulding said...

So sorry Rachel. Even though you know it has to happen, it still hits you like a sledgehammer.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with you.
We'll light a candle for her.

sunnydunny said...

Sad news Rachel. Thinking of you. Big hugs.
Colin

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Rachel.

Argent said...

My thoughts are with you. Wishing you strength and comfort.

hope said...

Oh Rachel I am so sorry! I've been where you are and even when you know the end might be near, it's still not easy.

My thoughts are with you and yours....as well as a big hug. I'm sure your Mom was proud of you..and grateful for you as well.

Kim Ayres said...

No matter how prepared we think we are, nothing ever truly prepares us for the loss of our mothers.

My thoughts are with you

Eryl Shields said...

You have all my sympathies, Rachel, nothing can replace a mother, but you know that already, X

The Bug said...

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon her...

Selma said...

Oh, Rachel. I am terribly sorry. Thinking of you XXX

Elizabeth Rimmer said...

So Sorry, Rachel. I will be remembering you and your family. peace to her and to all of you.

smithy said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Foxy, she was a good woman, your mum. I liked her a lot.

Big hugs to all of you. xx

Padhraig Nolan said...

My sincerest sympathies to you and your family Rachel. It sounds like your mum achieved that which we all hope for - as Carver put it "to call myself beloved, to feel myself / beloved on the earth."

Niamh B said...

Rachel, I'm so sorry to read this. Huge hugs. X

McGuire said...

Condolences to you Rachel, tough time of it the last month or so.

Strength.

swiss said...

sad, sad news. can't say more than padhraig. if you need anything you know where we are. our thoughts are with you...

Dick said...

I'll be thinking of you on Wednesday, Rachel. Love and vibes.
X

Karen said...

Rachel, please accept my condolences. I know that your being with her and caring for her as you did made her leave taking easier on her. My thoughts are with you.

Mike Wilson said...

So sorry to just read this Rachel. Lots of love to you all xx