Sunday, November 2, 2014

Saying goodbye to my dear Mother

As I am writing this so much has happened in the past few weeks and life has been full of emotion.
Family and friends have all been there to support us and we were grateful to be able to share happy memories,  tears, love and lots of warm hugs.

At the funeral we celebrated Mums long and happy life, and remembered her for always sharing her love and caring for all and we will miss her so much. With her silver hair pulled up into a chignon, she always liked to dress well. She enjoyed life and was still riding a push bike at 80, going for long walks along the beach and swimming at the pool. I remember back to the days of my school holidays when I would go with her and help out delivering meals on wheels to the old people. 

Her beautiful Grandchildren were pallbearers and shared their memories of the special holidays they spent staying with their Grandparents and the happy times they had with them.
She adored her family, her eight grand-children and getting to meet her three adorable little great-grandchildren and her face would light up when she had a cuddle with them.

It really is a 'Circle of life' as we said farewell to my Mum, we are happy to have sweet little Isla taking over a new place in our family.

 Thank you ever so much to my dear readers and friends for your kind words you left me, as it has really helped in the passing of my sweet Mother and brings comfort at this time.

Life on this earth is a beautiful gift and we need to have thankful hearts

I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed weekend


  1. Dearest Carolyn,
    What a beautiful woman your dear mother was... It looks as if she enjoyed life to the fullest... A celebration of life, this is how it should be as we gather together.
    I will keep you close in my heart.

  2. I can tell your mom lived a rich and full life, full of love and giving, and now the young ones are arriving, as you said.

  3. She sounded like the most amazing gift Carolyn and through this post I have been inspired by your dear mom. I love that she liked to dress well and that she was such a giver! Thinking of you dear friend and I am sending you more prayers for the coming weeks...Nicole xoxoxoxo

  4. Dearest friend,
    What a beautiful woman your dear mother was...
    She sounds so sweet and so beautiful too..
    you are in my prayers dear..
    blessings and love dear friend xx

  5. Your mother was a beautiful woman,
    so sad. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Warm hugs

  6. Dearest Carolyn,
    Your Mum seems to have been a very pleasant and happy lady; lovely photo on her Memoriam card!
    It is sad and joyful at once; a pretty strong emotion for all together to celebrate.
    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday evening.

  7. What a beautiful celebration of her beautiful life..........
    She will live on forever in your hearts♥ Much love and hugs and prayers. Love Jeanne

  8. A big virtual hug to you dearest Carolyn....these women who came before us to teach us how to live probably never thought that they'd also be teaching us how to move on to the second phase of life. With their good deeds on this earth, they escort us to our thresholds and give us something important to think about: how will we be remembered?

    PEACE to you my dear friend. (SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL!)

  9. Sending hugs Carolyn... enjoy sharing your memories of your Dear Mom.

  10. Hi dear friend !! You mother was a besutiful !!! Nuestros seres queridos se van pero hay que tener fe que están con Dios .. Lo siento mucho con su madre

  11. Oh Carolyn, I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a pretty lady and it sounds like she lived a lovely life. I know it's hard to say goodbye no matter how full a life has been lived. I hope your memories bring you some solace. xo

  12. Bless you dear Carolyn for visiting and kind thoughts.
    I keep you in my prayers.
    Sending you a gentle hug.

  13. Your mum was so lovely Carolyn and had a very fun and active life by the sounds of it!
    Hope the good memories carry you through on the sad days:)
    ~Anne xx

  14. My dearest Caroly,- such a beautiful post, - your mother was a very lovely lady, and so beautiful looking also at that high age!
    Also the flowers on her coffin, are stunning , and the little new family member starting her life, while you mother ended hers, looks so sweet and dear!
    I hope time will help you live in piece ,with the missing your dear mother, and that there will be many happy hours remembering her !!!
    I think of you Carolyn, having just been through the same, I wish you now piece and quiet dayes ,to take all this in, and find a new good road to travel on, without your mother in your life!
    Warm hugs and love,

  15. My dearest friedn Carolyn,
    I felt so sad and had tears in my eyes, even I did never meet your dearest Mother .... she must have been such a warm, heartfelt and wonderful person... I feel with you all and send my deepest sympathie...
    Much Love and hugs and blessings,
    you and your family are in my prayers too...
    Claudia , your friend from afar xxx

  16. What a beautiful tribute your post is to your Mum and her life.

  17. Dearest Carolyn,
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. I can only imagine your pain. Life can change so swiftly, with no sound... I am so happy that you had a chance to be with her two weeks before she passed. What a blessing and what blessings she has given the world through her actions and the love she had for all of you.

    With Kindness,

  18. Giving you a big hug my dear friend......feel your pain....have a Nice from me Ria...x!

  19. Dear Carolyn!
    She looks so warm and friendly and happy ...
    I' m sure she had a wonderful life in your family and she was lucky!
    Thanks for your very personal post my Dear!
    With love,

  20. Dear Carolyn, Your mother has a beautiful smile and I know held a special place in the hearts of many. Your tribute to her is precious and I know she is looking down from heaven and very proud of you.
    Sending you big hugs and prayers for your heart in the days ahead.
    With Sincere Sympathy~
    Love to you.

  21. Dearest Carolyn,

    So very sorry to hear about your sweet mother's passing. From her lovely photo and your loving words, it is more than evident that she was loved and adored, had a long, happy life and lived it to the fullest. Please accept my condolences at this time.


  22. So sorry for the loss of your mother. I can imagine how special she was and how much she meant to your family.

  23. Dearest Carolyn,
    oh what a sad message! We just came back from a two week journey, and I had to read that your mother passed away ... I will not use many words, I embrace you lovingly and still ...
    Warm hugs, my dear, Traude

  24. Dear Carolyn,
    What a lovely tribute to your beloved Mother! It sounds like a very wonderful funeral, full of love.
    ((Sending hugs your way this day and this month))

  25. A beautiful post in memory of your treasured mum. Memories are such a comfort in the time following the loss of a loved one. Take care, hugs Wendy

  26. She will live forever in your hearth.

  27. Dear Caolyn,
    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss your Mother - my thoughts are with you.
    Kind regards,

  28. Hello Carolyn,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and hope that remembering the happy times will overshadow your sadness.
    Big hug to you all,

  29. Hugs to you. Your Mum was obviously a wonderful lady and mother and I know that she will always be in your heart. xx

  30. I'm so sorry for your loss Carolyn. The service for your mother sounds like it was a beautiful celebration of her life with all the people she loved who loved her. It's sad to say goodbye but her wonderful spirit lives on in you and your family.


  31. Dear Carolyn,
    I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Linda xx

  32. I'm so sorry for your loss, Dear Carolyn and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A lovely tribute to your Dear Mother - she will live on in the love and caring she gave her family and will always be in your hearts.
    xo Hugs

  33. Daer Carolyn, Take the time you need to greef. You have lost a lot, I can read that from your post. All the best and groetjes from Holland,

  34. Dear Carolyn,

    So sorry to hear your dear mother passed away. She looks like a very elegant and sweet lady on the photo. Wishing you lots of happy memories. They give me lots of strength. Much love!

    A big hug,

    Madelief x

  35. Dear Carolyn,
    I am so sorry for your mother's loss. There is a feeling of continuity in your everyday life.This must be so sad. We mourn our loved ones but life goes on. Your mother was so pretty. I have not seen you in person but I believe that her lovely smile on her face and kind heart gave you.
    I hope you and your family are well.
    Sorry, I am a late visitor. Have a happy day,Carolyn.

  36. Dear Carolyn, your sweet words made me cry. Your mum was an amazing woman, and little Isla is adorable. My thoughts are with you and all your family. Hugs, Barbara.

  37. I have been away on holiday and I'm only just catching up on my blog reading. I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss.

  38. Dear Carolyne, your mother looks so beautiful on that photo and i'm sure she was a wonderful woman - just like you describe her! So good to hear she passed peacefully and with all her loved ones there - that is really, how it should be for everybody. It's hard though, to loose a mother, as i know from experience - so take good care of yourself! Special hugs and blessings from me! xox

  39. Dear Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She certainly was a lovely woman who lived a very long life. That truly is a blessing. Sending hugs your way, Tammy

  40. Dearest Carolyn, My sympathies to you. I am so sorry about your Mother. Thinking about you during this time.

  41. Dear Carolyn, I am so sorry about the loss of your darling Mother. I must have missed this post. Mothers have a very big place in our hearts and it leaves a big hole when they die.
    My heart goes out to you.
    Hugs Kay

  42. What a beautiful tribute to your mother Carolyn. Hugs x

  43. Hi Carolyn.... all I can do is send belated hugs.....

    I lost my own Mum years ago now..... and, it seems when anybody else loses their Mum... many thoughts come flooding back ... every.single.time. I guess the feeling of loss never goes away.......................

  44. Dearest Carolyn,
    A year and a couple of days have passed... for sure you did relive some moments rather vividly. That is our human nature but as I notice myself, being now almost 9 months away from my Mom's death, it does not feel as raw anymore. Also knowing that they are in heaven and at peace, makes all the difference.
    A big hug,


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