She was the matriarch of the family.


Today it;s been cold, overcast and tinged with sadness. We received word early this morning , that my aunt had passed away peacefully in her sleep at 06:00.Although incredibly sad, it was a blessing for her as she had been in considerable pain during her waking hours. She  was the matriarch of the family. Now there is only one uncle left out of a family of 21(from two marriages). Her funeral will be held in Morwell on Wednesday. D cannot get away from work but Prue and I will be attending and picking up my brother Daniel once we arrive there, to attend with us. It will be good to catch up with my sister , who has not been well and her family too, as it has been years since we have seen each other.It is bound to be a large funeral.

Next week, is going to extremely busy as I will be in the city most of Monday, attending an appointment with Prue on Tuesday and the funeral on Wednesday

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8 thoughts on “She was the matriarch of the family.

  1. I am saddened to hear of your loss.
    Made even more poignant when considering the loss of entire generation of one’s family. My mother is 82 and talks of that often now.
    Walking through the cemetary this morning, it struck me how unadorned the oldest section was. Last Monday was our national Memorial Day and cemetaries bloom with bouquets and other momentos. I used to think an unadorned grave was terribly sad, like a forgotten generation, but today I realized that somewhere those unread names live on through new mothers and chubby babies.
    Following our waves of grief, we are still able to walk though weighted by sadness because we also walk with life’s beauty– that will endure with or without us. The birds still sing…

  2. Hi C.J.
    Thank you for your inspiring words. It is sad that another generation has gone but think of the legacy that is left behind- children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.Life goes on and we will leave our own legacy.
    Best wishes
    Maureen 🙂

  3. Hi Maureen
    Sorry about your Aunt it seems as though we are all experiencing shrinking families these days.
    Hope better news comes soon.
    Love Glen

  4. Hi Glen,
    Thank you for your kind thoughts. My aunt had a good life, now it is up to her children and grandchildren to do the same.
    Best wishes
    Maureen 🙂

  5. Maureen,
    I am very glad for your aunt that she passed away in her sleep. I know that her last weeks have been very painful. Still, I know that the loss is a grievous one for you and your family.

    Funerals are such odd occasions. Everyone is glad to see family that comes from all around, but their happiness at the reunions is always tinged with such bittersweet sadness because of the occasion. But since your aunt was the matriarch (of 21!), I’m certain that she would be happy for all of you that you were able to spend time together in her honor.

    Thinking of you as always, Lita

  6. Hi Lita,
    Yes, as my cousin( her daughter said when she called to tell me she had died) she was released.
    The funeral was a celebration of her life, as she would not have wanted everyone long faced and teary. The service was lovely and later catching up with ALL the relatives was good.
    Hugs and thanks as always for you friendship and support.
    Maureen 🙂

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