Registered: November 2006
Location: Norfolk UK
Just lost my Mum, been a devastating time this last week or so. Mum had been suffering with pancreatic cancer for 18 months and had been so brave it broke our hearts. She finally passed away in a hospice in Yorkshire on 20th June at 1.40am. All my four sisters and myself were sat with her holding her hands, and telling her how much we loved her. It was so terribly sad I cant put it into words.
I think we did Mum proud, she would have wanted us all there at the end, and though she was asleep with the morphine and sedatives, I did sometimes get a squeeze from her hand when I asked if she could hear me, I dont think I was imagining it..
I hope we gave her the send off she wanted. Mum asked for an informal service, and the music she wanted was 'Love is all around' by Wet Wet Wet, to be played at the start, and Monty Python's 'Always look on the Bright Side of Life' at the end. At least we all left the service with a smile!
I chose a song by Alison Krauss to play during the service 'Away down the River' and I wrote the speech which my sister read out. I designed this booklet for the service, had to do it on my sister's pc, as I was up in Yorkshire, but she had the same photos on her PC as I did fortunately! There wasnt a dry eye in the room after this song, but it's so haunting and beautiful, I was drawn to it somehow.
This might sound daft, but this scrapbooking hobby has kept me sane over the past few months. I have spent so much time concentrating on doing layouts, it has kept my mind from what has been happening for some of the time. I made an album for Mum a few months ago, about twenty pages of her grandchildren, I put the pics in a fancy album and sent it through the post. Apparantly Mum was having a 'bad day' when it arrived, but I was told later that she was so happy with it, it cheered her up no end. I owe you scrapbookmax for helping me give my Mum so much pleasure, she even took that book into the hospice with her.
Sorry this has gone on a bit, I miss my Mum so much, I just keep looking back at all her photos, it helps you know?