Monday, December 29, 2008

That'd Be Nora, James Brown And Charlie Chaplin, Then

I wanted this to be a nice post about a nice lady. But after too many drafts it's just a short post about a stranger, who made me feel better about my day.

She stood before us this evening in the Hospice mortuary and explained that she was a volunteer, that she would read a few prayers over my aunt Nora's body and that we would then have some time to say our goodbyes before her coffin was closed. What a thing to do - to give your time to strangers, to guide them with grace through some simple readings, to help them to negotiate their grief.

Her presence gave me faith. Not the hollow ring of her prayers (though she spoke them softly and with conviction) but her human compassion.

15 comments:

C'est La Craic said...

Human compassion is worth having faith in. It's like that bacteria they found growing inside a nuclear reactor, it can crop up in the most unlikely of places.

red said...

sorry to hear that your holidays were tinged with sadness. x

Annie A said...

Ack, sorry to hear about your aunt. There is a hug waiting for you over here in Wales.

And my mother has whiskey.

Tim Footman said...

Sorry to hear about the sadness. But can I ask a question; if you'd said that, no thanks, you'd rather not have the praying stuff, thanks very much, what would the reaction have been?

Rosie said...

i imagine she would have acted as a dignified usher, Tim.

backpedalbrakes said...

Ack. So sorry about your aunt. x

Grannymar said...

Sorry to hear about your loss Rosie.

Being a volunteer in a Hospice is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. Alas health problems prevent me from doing so nowadays.

@Tim Footman - All volunteers go through a rigerous training before they are allowed near the patients or visitors. There are so many areas in which one can help out, from reception, shops, clerical, drivers, on the wards or as in this case the morgue.

Had the answer been 'No thanks' the lady would have either stayed quietly or withdrawn from the room without question. The wishes of the patient or family are the priority.

Conan Drumm said...

Condolences Rosie, it's right to see her off with dignity and with the family gathered round.

The Hangar Queen said...

Sorry for your loss Rosie.The lads and I were lighting candles today and we added one for your aunt.
xx

Rosie said...

thanks for the kind words, ladies and gents.

B said...

drafts are for the weak.


Lotsa good religious people around y'know, they're not all pricks.

narocroc said...

Sorry to hear about your loss but nice to hear of the dignity of the situation.

Oh and well put B, I'm with you on that. well, your second point at least!.

Rosie said...

drafts are for the meek, B. and we shall inherit the earth.

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