Poem: The Funeral of Hyacinth Sonia Rattray

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When her granddaughter cried as words failed her – we cried,
When her daughter spoke with a muffled voice – we cried,
When her partner expressed his forever love – we cried,
When her friends spoke about her sweet cheerfulness – we cried.

When the sibling sung heart-warming tones – we smiled,
When comforting words were biblical – we smiled,
When the pastor called her a diva, even whilst sick - we smiled,
When the pastor said her funeral invitation was a moving notice – we smiled.

When the closest family took her from the chapel – we wept,
When the pallbearers placed her coffin over the grave - we wept,
When we threw dirt on her stoic coffin – we wept,
When we left her immortal remains in the cemetery – we wept.

Then we returned to her home - filled with love, hugs, food, drinks, chatter, joy and music,
Then we realised that her spirit was still here in the memories, stories and photos and that Sonia lives on.
©MoMoGrOw

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the hearst with the coffin stopped by Sonia’s home

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her coffin standing regally in the chapel

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her coffin being taken out of the chapel

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the path to the cemetery

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The pallbearers at the graveside

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ashes to ashes - dust to dust

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the grave adorned with wreaths and bouquets

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the names of the closest beloved family members

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the beauty of the flowers captured the loving sentiments expressed

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Chapel of St. Barbara

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the beautiful and serene grounds of St. Barbara

This was a somber start to the weekend but the memories for everyone will be beautiful.



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This is a community for weekend events, experiences and activities. Maybe this funeral occurred on a weekend, although you do not say that, and therefore I haven't muted it yet.

I ask that you read the posting guide pinned at the top of the community feed for guidance in respect of posting and give any content you post here in the future a strong weekend focus. There are better communities to post poetry than my community as well.

Thanks.

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I read your posting guidelines but thought I could express myself via poetry. Apologies, next time I will chose another community for poetry. I have updated the post to indicate that it occurred at the weekend.

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I would normally simply mute content like this. I decided not to as I felt your post, which I liked, was genuinely misplaced in my community. I have to maintain a standard and be fair to all though. I chose to comment to you rather than mute it and hoped you would understand, which you seem to have done.

Posts here need to have a strong weekend focus, that's what the community was created for. If you choose to post here again I welcome it, if you choose not to it's your prerogative and I'll respect it.

Regards.

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Thanks for not muting my post - it is a genuine error. I appreciate it and that you felt my post. I understand that you have a standard. If I could change the community- I would but I think that is not possible. Thanks for understanding. I will ensure I fully grasp the weekend theme before posting in the Weekend Community next time.

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I looked at your account before commenting and saw quality. I also see you've been around for a long time, as have I. It's for those reasons, and that I saw it as a genuine error, that I contacted you.

I am pleased you have taken this well, not spazzed out as many do. That never goes well. In your/our case, we are conversing politely and with respect which I prefer to the alternative.

Thank you, I appreciate that.

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Aww @galenkp many thanks for taking the time to check my blog. Yes I have been around for a while although I had left for more than 1 year. Thanks for taking the approach you did although it is time consuming. I prefer to learn from my mistakes - so no spazzing out here. Thanks again.

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You're welcome. Now, let's get past it and move on feeling good that we both maintained our (valuable) integrity.

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Despite how painful the loss can mean and for which I extend my condolences, it has been beautiful to walk through your publication, really very heartfelt and of great beauty. The beauty is consecrated even more, with the beautiful empathy of the friend @galenkp when taking the time to evaluate a decision that seemed to me the most successful. I hadn't noticed the community approach and it's great that, despite the genuine mistake, the situation is resolved on such good terms. It's great to see this on our blockchain.

Excellent post, I'm here providing support from ListNerds.

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Thank you for your comment here. I am a fair man although set rules in place for a reason. I think in this case I made the right decision in respect of this user and post as I saw a genuine mistake. It was also commendable how momogrow handled my commenting as some take a more entitled approach which never goes very well for them.

I believe we have moved forward well and that this user appreciated my approach.

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Funerals are such sad and emotional moments although are so important to the grieving process in my opinion. They allow us to focus out thoughts, love and emotion on the person and the life they led and to find a point from which to move forward. I always find, after the funeral, that I am able to begin to remember the life of the person with more happiness, rather than the loss of the person with sadness.

This was a lovely post, and I'm also glad to see that the owner of this community showed compassion, and you showed your own quality, in the dialogue in respect of your mistake of posting this here. That is heart-warming.

Becca 💗

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This is a brilliant poem, I felt every emotion mentioned asthough I was right there, and, could very much relate to the lines.
You always do so great with poems Momo. Tbh there's noone like you when it comes to poems.
And Yes! This totally is a weekend engagement as most burials (over here especially) are fixed on weekends.
Bravo Sis❤️👏

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Thank you @queenstarr - it was a sad but beautiful funeral for a well -loved lady. This poem is a small tribute to her.

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Such a beautiful poem about such a sad occassion. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Thank you. Yes it was very sad but the memories live on.

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