Thursday, September 6, 2018

Day 3242 - A life built on gratitude and family

Our legacy is far greater than finances and achievements



This week we celebrated the life of my 97 year old grandmother as we farewelled her one last time.  Ed Sheran's "Supermarket Flowers" played as we escorted her coffin out of the church and into the hearse that would take her to her final resting place.



My grandmother has been actively involved in my life since I was born and in the latter years I've been actively involved in hers.  I know how privileged I am to have had a grandparent in my world at this Deep Fried stage of my life.

I'm grateful for that. 

Nanna lived a simple life in a modest home with just enough possessions to make her comfortable.  She was actively involved in her tiny country town community and was well loved by everyone who met her.

As my cousin's and I wrote her eulogy we tried to capture the essence of who she was.  Rather than relay her life story we focussed on her values.

Nanna didn't travel to far off places, nor cure cancer. She didn't pass on wads of cash nor have the wing of a hospital named after her.  She didn't write a best selling novel nor trek to the top of tall mountains.  The legacy she left behind was far greater than finances and achievements.

Her legacy was her values.

She gave us the gift of family.  She taught us the value of community.  She showed us how to live a full life based on simplicity, good health and happiness. But most of all, she proved that gratitude is the key to fulfillment.


She would say "I wake up every day and thank God for my wonderful life and my wonderful family."

Words to live by.  




Do you have grandparents in your life?

What values have been passed down through your generations?

Do you wake up everyday and give thanks for your life and family?

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30 comments :

  1. My Nan - who we lost 6 years ago at the age of 93 - used to say exactly that. So sorry for your loss but also so glad that you had the privilege to be so involved in her life. Supermarket flowers was the perfect choice of song.

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    1. My aunt introduced us to the song in the hospital last week as we sat by Nanna's bed. Of course we all cried listening to it as we held Nanna's hands. We knew it was going to be the perfect song.

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  2. What a wonderful tribute to your grandma!! It's so wonderful that she's been such a great part of your family!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. It was an absolute privilege to have known her.

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  3. What a wonderful woman and a lovingly simple way to live life. Sigh. I am so sad you have said goodbye to your much loved Grandmother but what a legacy of family and love she has left you all. My Dad is still going strong (ish) at 94. Warm wishes and love, Denyse x

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    1. May he continue to go strong Denyse! Treasure every day they remain in our lives.

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  4. You are indeed so lucky to have had your grandmother in your life to such an amazing age, and with such beautiful values to model and teach to her children, grandchildren (and great-grandchildren???). If my grandparents had still been alive they would now all be well over 100, my paternal grandparents would even be close to 120!!! They always lived interstate and so were never much in my life, and I wish I'd been able to know them more. It's so lovely that you have such cherished memories Leanne xx

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    1. I treasure each of those memories. Agree, I'm very lucky

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  5. Lovely post and I'm sorry for your loss. I think we often list achievements when talking about a person but it's the feeling they give us when we see them that matters most.

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    1. I agree! The feeling they give us. Nanna made so many people feel good. She uplifted spirits.

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  6. She sounds like a lovely grandmother. I have only one grandparent left and never really knew any of them due to physical distance.

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss Leanne. I started playing Ed's song but had to stop it cos it made the tears flow (Ugh much ugly crying). They are very close to the surface these days ... ever since I lost my Dad. What a beautiful Grandma you have and what a lucky Grandma to have had a granddaughter like you! xo #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I can understand that Min. Ed's song is definitely a tear jerker - particularly for those who have lost parents/grandparents. He knows how to tug at the heart strings that man!

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  8. What a beautiful tribute. We played that song to accompany the photo montage at my Mum's funeral. Wasn't a dry eye. My Mum's parents died before I was born. My Dad's father died when I was a little girl and my Nana died when I was in my early 20s. However, I grew up living within walking distance from her, and she was on my way to and from primary school, so I often dropped in on her. When I was older, I would take her shopping, and do cleaning for her and wait for her when she had a bath, as she was often frightened she wouldn't got out. I was very close to her and still miss her. I miss that I never had the other grandparents in my life (her husband, 'Grandad', had Alzheimers, so I never really got to know him), but I think Nana made up for it.

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    1. Oh gosh. At your Mum's funeral? I'm so sorry for you loss Bronnie. That would have been tough. I can imagine the tears would have flowed.
      Lovely memories of your grandmother. That bonding time would have been very special. Sounds like you were lucky to have each other :)

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  9. I'm sorry for your loss, Leanne. Your grandma left a beautiful legacy and your lovely tribute reflected that.

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    1. She was a lovely soul. Her soul will live on through her words and her values, for sure.

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  10. Sorry for your loss. I had lost all my grandparents by the time I was 20 or so.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. I am very lucky to have reached my late 40s and still have a grandparent, that's for sure

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  11. I love her words she lived by... so simple yet so much happiness is created that way.

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  12. I'm sorry for your loss Leanne - she sounds like a wonderful woman with the sort of values we need more of these days - they seem to have gotten lost in our consumerist/fast paced/ego driven society.

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    1. I agree Leanne. Such simple values but ones that really focus on what is important. She really was so incredibly happy. She created her happiness through gratitude.

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  13. Sorry for you loss. Prayers to you and your family.

    I never had grandparents in my life and my family is pretty much of a mess, so I stay away from them. I do have tried to impart a couple of things I have learned to my kiddos, so maybe I might leave a legacy to them.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks. I'm lucky to have a close knit family. I know many who don't. People who have had to walk away due to the toxicity. Sometimes that's essential for self preservation. Thanks for joining us again! See you next week,

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  14. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman!

    SSG xxx

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  15. I lost my last grandparent in the early 1990s so it's been a while... of course it doesn't bode well that they all passed away so long ago. Only one lived to / past 70!

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    1. So very young Deb. My Nan definitely lived to a very ripe ol' age. We're very lucky to have had her for so long.

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