This week my Mum died. She had been poorly for a while and was suddenly diagnosed with leukaemia after routine blood tests in hospital for breathing related problems. She died 10
days later. What can you think, do or say to make sense of what has happened?
My family and friends have been wonderful in their support. In the midst of our grief I have reflected on what folks have said and done and particularly in relation to what I have done in a pastoral or teaching situation. The words that have been supportive and helpful have been “Paul, I am so sorry to hear your news”, “Paul , I am so sorry for your loss”, “I am
praying for you and your family”. People have left messages or cards, what else can be said, not much I think. Most of these people have never met my mum and one or two people
who responded on Facebook have not me either. The compassion of friends, acquaintances and strangers has been something I will remember for a long time.
I can honestly say that I have felt sustained in prayer and that has been a real blessing as I have been grieving and preparing for the funeral. I am full of gratitude for each person who has taken time to pray, contact me or post on social media. Sally keeps trying to tell me Facebook is a good thing!
The other blessing for me is to be on the receiving end of support from hospital chaplains and experience being on the other side for once, they have been a great comfort to us. One of them is helping with the funeral
I love this picture of Mum, she was always game to try new things and I want to grow old doing that !!
I would be grateful for prayers on Wednesday 16th July at 3pm for the funeral.