October 20, 2011
14 June 1953 - 14 October 2011
Too lovely, too young, but gone just the same.
With a hand-made funeral...
and a lifetime of family and friends gathered at St Aidan's-down-the-road, for a secular ceremony.
There was food of course, an astounding quantity of baking and sandwiches, whatever people could bring.
There was the opportunity to write on the coffin lid
(as we had done with Elwin's)
And eventually, time to close the coffin.
All the family had a hand at hammering it closed.
A strange time this for me, so close to the anniversary of Elwin's death - to loose a friend who came into my life, and was part of his set, at the same time as he did. I realise I have reached that phase of life where the funerals I will attend now, will more and more often be the funerals of my friends and peers.
For the dancing, for the sharing, for being with me at Bryony's birth, for being Kitty's god-mother (we never quite came up with a secular name for that role did we), for all those festival cuppas, for your loveliness and support this past year, for everything thankyou Pippa.