posted on Jan, 19 2019 @ 04:18 AM
Thank you, everyone. I read every word you all write.
I had my private visit with Dada on Thursday evening and I'm glad I decided to do that. She looked so peaceful. She was dressed in her favourite
formal outfit, a longer, dark skirt, matching blouse and jacket.
The nursing staff in the care home had taken her ring off after she passed away because they have to remove any valuables to be returned to next of
kin. Dada needed to have a ring as she was proud of being a married woman, so now she has it to wear forever. She also has a small crucifix on a chain
round her neck and a little golden butterfly clip in her hair. (Not real gold, it's just one she always liked.) I put a little floral handkerchief in
the jacket pocket of her outfit because I always liked to make sure she had one and she loves flowers.
We had Dada's funeral yesterday. It all went as planned.
Had a good number of people there. Her son and only child got a special release for the day from the health spa where he's getting rehab treatment
after his spinal surgery. So he was there with his wife. Dada's two brothers and their wives came up from Prague and so did her three nephews, one of
her grandsons and his partner. Also had a few old friends who made the trip from Prague as well.
Our neighbours attended and some others from the village and surrounding area were there as well, including the Mayor as we're friends with him. Very
down-to-earth guy; I recall late last summer he invited us over so Dada could pick some plums from one of his trees. She loved that.
The lady who runs the local shop closed it so she could come along, which was very kind of her. Two of the young ladies from the regional home care
service who'd helped me with caring for Dada came along too and they were also very upset because they'd got to know us both pretty well.
Very cold day, so the roads were very slippery with ice. But when we had the procession from the church to the cemetery, following the musicians and
the hearse, we all just held hands in small groups so when someone slipped they didn't fall over. However the sun came out for a while when we were up
in the cemetery, so that was nice.
Late Saturday morning here now. I went up to the cemetery about an hour ago to take some pictures of the floral tributes on the grave. It's only a
two-minute walk but it's even colder today. Was about minus 10 degrees C and a bit breezy, so I could only leave my gloves off for a minute or so to
get the pictures. I might post some a bit later. Just not up to doing the uploading etc right now.
But aside from the cold out, it's a glorious day, with lovely blue skies and the snow gleaming in the sunshine.
I can't complain.