Slipping Away Into The Next Room

Today was my Nanna’s – my mother’s mother’s – funeral.  En route to the crematorium I gave C and J a quick summary of the order of the day, explaining how following cremation a person’s ashes are scattered in a place that was very special to them.  Having spent a long day shopping with Nanna on her 82nd birthday two weeks ago, J enthusiastically proclaimed “Marks & Spencers!” Isn’t it great how children lighten – literally bring light to – every occasion?

Since I know there is no death, and that having made her transition back into non-physical, Nanna is now living it up in pure positive energy, I was pleasantly surprised by the readings my aunt had selected for the service, for example:

“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 eachother that we are still… 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 … Life means all that it ever meant.  It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely 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 around the corner.  All is well.”

Canon Henry Scott Holland

It feels good knowing that my beliefs aren’t so far away from those of my Christian friends.


Brenda Margaret Leo, 14th September 1928 - 30th September 2010



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