Today was one of those days that will take a few weeks to REALLY sink in. Today I followed a hearse with the most stunning of flowers surrounding the physical vessel of a man with a heart so full of love for his family and others that it peaked too soon. At 46 years old my very dear, loving, friendly and humorous uncle Andrew was lay to rest.
Today I entered a church with a guard of honour made from tearful scouts for a man of whom had helped and empowered their lives. I walked into a church so full that people were standing to show their respect. I listened to my cousins so bravely read a poem for their beloved dad of how they will forever keep his memory alive. I listened to his close friends disclose what a hilarious and entertaining soul my uncle was, how he would forever do what he could to help others and no matter what he went above and beyond his call because that was the man he was. A heart of gold, A heart of love.
A whole entire building consumed with the love and utter respect for one man of whom had entered their being forever and touched them with his kindness and friendship.
Songs were sang, prayers were read, Amen’s were said and tears dripped from heartbroken faces.
He has closed his eyes in one room and opened them in a new much calmer and brighter dimension.
He surrounds us all.
His burial, so many trains went past. He was a train enthusiast and it was so fitting that he will be lay near one of his treasured hobbies. Hard goodbyes were said as we watched as this man loved by so many was lowered to his final place of rest. Much bravery shown, Beautiful flowers and Roses thrown .
For days since he left this physical world I have been receiving messages of 11 everywhere. 11/111/1111 literally everywhere, sometimes in the most random of places. And little pop ups of his name in Facebook. To accompany this. My mum has been followed with the song of Hello from Adele, it played whilst me and my mum were driving to my grandparents when we had found out, and it played as we left the social club this evening after his wake.
Hello from The other side.
His wake was packed, so many people, so many stories being told, so many memories being shared. So much love, so much happiness, so much sorrow.
Uncle Andrew, It may be what it is, but we still are unsure why it was your time to go. We are shocked, we are numb and we will forever miss you. You left early to avoid the rush, You will forever be loved.
Until then, you live on through us. <3