After a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer my partner of 30 years, Harvey, passed away at 12.10am on Tuesday 22nd July. My life will never be the same. He was surrounded by me our children and slipped away peacefully at home.
We sat with him for over a week, laughing, eating, drinking and
crying. He died a happy man and for that we are all thankful. Nurses and
carers came each day and their compassion and support was beyond
We gave him a send off that he would have totally approved of. His
coffin was topped with an arrangement made to look like a wild flower
meadow and his signature Black Fedora Hat that he always wore.
can see by the Invitation (above) it was a celebration of his life and was full
of tears and much laughter.
We held the celebration in the local Village Hall and it was attended by
over 200 people. Our granddaughter Georgia, who is a singer songwriter
over in LA recorded Smile by Nat King Cole and sent it over to be
played. Her beautiful voice held a cry that was evident to everyone and
tissues were being passed around furiously.
Our son provided a garden bench and everyone was asked to write a
message on it.
The plaque says it all about the man it was for. He had
humour in bucket loads. The bench now sits on the green outside our
cottage for all to enjoy.
Our grandchildren all wrote messages for their Granddad and hung them
from balloons which they let off from the hill opposite the Village
Hall. What a beautiful sight that was.
The Village Hall, our friends and community all pulled together to
provide food, drink and support to make it a day to remember and we
cannot thank them enough.
Now I am left with an ache that there is no drug for, only time will
take it away.
I am not making any hasty decisions just letting time slip by as I
adjust to my new life. With the support of our wonderful family, friends
and community I will do this, as Harvey would have expected me to.