Monday, November 24

Saying a Final Farewell

Our family will say our final farewell to Aunt May on Wednesday at 1pm. Tuesday there will be visitation for her friends and acquaintances to pay their final respects. After she is laid to rest on Wednesday, we will have a celebration of her life. In future, I will share some memories of Aunt May with all of you. She certainly was an amazing woman.

Mom and I went today to arrange for flowers to be sent to the funeral home. Aunt May couldn't have flowers in life, as she was allergic to all fragrances, so we bought a nice saddle that is made of pine boughs, pine cones and carnations, which were one of her favorite flowers. It is especially made to remain at the grave after she's laid to rest.

Aunt May had her funeral pre-planned so there was very little for the family to do and her wishes will be followed. This is much easier on the family and she had a choice of what she wanted.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and kind words of love and support. I've advised the family that many are thinking of them through this time and they are all amazed. What lovely sentiments. I will print out comments from yesterday's post so Uncle Joe and his family can read all of the lovely sentiments expressed. Aunt May was loved in life and will be no less loved now that she has made her final journey.

Though I haven't been online much and haven't visited like I usually do, I'm thinking of you all. Take care and enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of the season. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. I think it's been good for you to have had this spot in which to share this passage. All the best.

  2. I haven't been online much myself, and just now read of your Aunt May's passing.

    My deepest sympathies for your loss, Mary. But I can't regret that your dear Aunt May has gone to her reward and is no longer suffering. She has earned her place in God's Heaven.

    Much love,


  3. It sounds like you picked some beautiful flowers for the service. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers especially on that day.
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  4. The flowers sound very lovely my friend, I am sure Aunt May would love them.

  5. I've no doubt it will be a beautiful funeral and I'm sure many will have wonderful memories of Aunt May to share:-) I think it's such a good idea for a person to make prearranged funeral much easier on the loved ones afterwards. I'm thinking of you, my friend, and don't you worry about us, we'll still be here when you have time for blogging again:-) Love you! xoxo

  6. Sorry for your loss, Mary. May you and your family take comfort in knowing that she's finally home to be with God. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  7. I think that having a celebration of a person's life is a beautiful thing to do. *hugs*

  8. My thoughts and prayres are with you and your family. God granted Aunt May peace and will give you comfort as well.Hugs and Blessings.

  9. She can so enjoy the fragrance of those flowers now....... The word of God tells us in
    1Cr 2:9

    But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

    We cannot even imagine or think of the sights and sounds that await us.. What she is seeing and hearing now is something to behold.. HE loves us THAT much.........

    Peace to you sweet friend, the peace that passes understanding..


  10. Aunt May will never be forgotten. We all came to love and admire her courage, through your blog. You have been a good niece, Mary. God Bless All of You!

  11. There are times when you blog that you just need that time to rest or to blog and not have to think you just HAVE TO VISIT everyone..This is one of those times right now..just relax...enjoy family and know how much you loved your Aunt!! We will always be here...Sandy

  12. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Mary...I am with you in spirit right now.
    I just now found out about your Aunts filled with joy she must be.
    I know that even when we know what is coming our hearts will still hurt for the one who has gone on before us. Tell your family that I am praying for this during this time and the time that will come.
    Your flowers sound beautiful and I am sure she is enjoying things that she was never able to enjoy before. Can you imagine the fragrance that greeted her when she walked through heavens gate?
    I love you and you know that I am sending love and will hold you in my prayers.
    ((hugs)) :)

  14. YOu are doing what you need to be doing right now - we totally understand. This blogging family is a wonderful group to go through "stuff" with!

  15. Sad to hear the passing of your aunt! I really enjoyed the great stories you shared about your aunt... Thinking of you! x

  16. Mary,
    I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and your family on this difficult day. My prayers are with you. Aunt May is in a wonderful place now.
    Blessings to you all.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you have many wonderful memories of her.