My mother passed peacefully into her next experience last night.


I held her as she took her last breaths at home. She was surrounded by beautiful music and lots of love.  As a friend remarked, that was about “as close to heaven as you can get here on earth.”

She kept a copy of the following quote from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with her important papers…a reminder that she would always be with us. She’d want you to have it too.

Thank you, Mom.
Rest in Peace.

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow in it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.”

Henry Scott Holland
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral 


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