Monday, 21 July 2014

Today!

Today was my Father's Funeral.  It was lovely as funerals go.  The Priest said Mass, it was a beautiful one..  A lone Piper piped as my father's coffin was brought into the Church by 8 Police Pall bearers.  The white roses opened to near full covered the coffin. An Inspector Police Cap plus flag was on the coffin, all looked lovely.

My eldest granddaughter aged 8 sat next to me, my husband, the other granddaughter aged 6 sat on his side, then our sons & their wives. The two 2 year olds stayed with a baby siter.

As we the Congretation were all seated the Irish Blessing began, Roma Downey it was certainly fitting for the occasion.  The priest began his mass....then a song sung by Tommy Fleming was sung called You Raise Me Up, a lovely rendition.  Holy Communion, and as that was taking place, Andre Bocelli sang with the Morman Tabernacle Choir, The Lords Prayer.  Then Euolgys by 4 people which were short as requested by me....as we left the Church, Andre Bocelli singing, It's time to say Goodbye. As we entered the foyer the lone piper again plus a Police Guard of honour from the Church doors to the Coffin.

Everyone went to the Graveside. Seating was provided, the lone piper played Amazing Grace as the coffin was lowered.  I shed a tear, as did most :)

After that we all had a cup of tea or coffee plus plenty to eat across the road where the funeral people have a lovely building for such events.....a lot of chatter, memories people were telling me, such wonderful times.
Dad had been in the Police Force for 44 years, retired at 65, and died aged 90.....was declared legally blind in 2006, but of course couldn't see a thing for many years before that.

So now I move forward....as I have had my 'wings clipped' since before my Mother went to Heaven 6 years ago.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for my father when he was ill, and sent their good wishes to me.
May God Bless you all....

14 comments:

  1. Oh M I am so sorry he is with your beautiful Mother now. The service sounds perfect and having your Grandchildren with you will be comforting. I am so sorry M I am crying because I am so far away and wish I could give you some hugs. Take care my dear friend. This was beautifully written. Many hugs and prayers. xoxo Grace

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    1. Yes G, my parents together once again for eternity. Thanks :) I am ok....hugs M xx

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  2. It sounds like a heartwarming service and I know you appreciated the many friends and coworkers who paid their respects. May God bless you in this new phase of your life. You were a good daughter.

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    1. Thank you...Was a beautiful Mass, and well supported by everyone..

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  3. Sorry to hear of your loss. I could tell that you were very close and very proud of your father. May he rest in peace. You have been such a wonderful daughter to him. Enjoy the new phase of your life.

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    1. Thanks Diane. I was close to my dad, never had words ever :) ...

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  4. Sorry again for your loss, I remember my father's funeral when I was seven, it wasn't easy.

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    1. Thanks Adam. Must have been very hard for one so young, but you remember him...

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  5. I am very sorry about your loss .You were wonderful daughter to your father

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  6. So sorry to hear that your father has died. It sounds like a beautiful service and I'm glad your family was at your side. Treasure the memories, and look ahead to new opportunities.

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    1. Thank you. Lots of lovely memories of my dad, wonderful stories too.

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  7. dear M, i'm so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. the service sounds like it was very moving and i hope that in the time to come your pain eases and you are comforted by your precious memories. your Dad was very fortunate to have a wonderful daughter like you. my condolences xxx

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    1. Thank F. Was a lovely Police funeral, they all looked lovely in their uniforms as did the Retired Police Officers who were all dressed in the near same colour suits :)
      I am ok thanks..

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