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Visiting loved ones.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Today I travelled on the train to Brisbane. A friend had told me
she wasgoing to the cemetery and asked if I wanted to go long.
As I don't drive, I jumped at the chance. Left home, and walked
to the bus stop to catch the 7.31 am bus to the train station.
Of course it was 3 minutes early and left just as I was running
towards it. So annoying as I had to wait for 30 minutes for the
next one. Then an hour's train ride after that.

Arrived at my aunt's at 9.55 am and had a coffee and some cold
chicken while waiting for my ride. Then we drove to the cemetery.
I felt a certain peace as I lit candles and said special prayers.
My dad and step-mother, my grandparents and a few uncles
and aunts and good friends who were in our life while growing up.
It had been such a long time since I had been.

After that the 3 of us walked around and looked at the head-
stones and remembered people from our youth. My friends and
I reminisced. Some were past neighbours, some were 2 years
old, some old school friends. We said hello and remembered.

Life is so precious and we don't know how long we are here for.
It is a fact of life that we will also end up there and we should not
be afraid, but instead embrace life and live a happy and healthy life..
I sure hope that people will care enough to remember me and
come to light a candle once in a while. We all felt sad but realised that
it was good to 'visit' and remember... One of my friends said that going together was a healing time for her as she couldn't bear to go to her
sister's graveside in 2 years. We helped each other today.

May God grant our family and friends eternal peace. RIP. emoticon
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