May 25, 2011
The service for my Nanna was held in our beautiful Cathedral.
This is where my parents were married, where I was christened and confirmed, and where my fathers funeral was held.
It was also where I sat one rainy afternoon, a couple of days after my dad had died, looking for some kind of comfort at the most distressing time.
It's beautiful inside. And cold.
The church was full for Nannas' service. I moved to the microphone to support my cousin who was reading the eulogy.
We walked outside into the grey skies and the rain. I watched as my mother mourned for her mother.
That invisible cord that bound them together was no more.
My job for the day was supporting her.
I hugged my cousins and my aunts and uncles. The priest said to me "there is alot of you, isn't there".
I secretly smiled because that statement had so much power.
We have a big family. We have gone our separate ways. But we come together in times like this for each other.
It rained at the cemetery and it was so sad. I looked down at Nannas coffin, lowered in the ground and hoped she wasn't too cold.
She layed next to her husband in peace.
I held it together most of the day. I cried when I said my final goodbye as I dropped a red rose into the ground.
And when her Elvis was played, I came undone.