We went to see you today. The funeral directors brought you home to Grandma's house at 10 o'clock this morning, and there you will stay until the funeral tomorrow.
The first thing that struck me was the peace that seemed to emanate from Grandma's house, something that every visitor has commented on. We sat in the room where you died (I sat in more or less the very spot where you breathed your last) but it wasn't sad or macabre. We talked about you. We laughed. We shared a time of prayer.
You would be so proud of grandma. She has been so brave and so practical. She wanted to keep you at the house until the funeral, but the warm weather prevented her from doing so. She urged us all to touch your head, even just for a second, because she said that this diminishes the fear of death, and she was so right. You looked so dignified and peaceful that although we all felt an acute sense of loss, it was hard to feel sad. Any sadness we felt was, in a way, tinged with happiness. Happiness because you are at peace and no longer suffering.
As grandma said, you are not here any more. You are with the Lord, and one day we will see you again. She cried a little as we viewed you, and spoke to you so tenderly. I know she loved you so very much. You shared nearly 58 years of marriage, and even though you didn't know who she was towards the end, you still showed her that she meant a lot to you by kissing the back of her hand whenever it was near.
Afterwards, mum and dad showed us the church, and the pub where the wake will take place. We also visited the cemetery, and the double plot where you will be laid to rest. Trees lined the pathway, their branches laden with pink and white blossom, and the stunning view of the river was not in any way affected by the dismal weather.
Thank you for touching all our lives. It has been a privilege knowing you, and it was a privilege seeing you looking so peaceful in death. I miss you and I'll never forget you. I know that one day we will meet again, but in the mean time I'll strive to make you proud of me.
All my love,