This afternoon, after we had been to meet the Funeral Director, my sister and I went to the care home and packed Mum's personal effects. In under two hours, we had bagged/boxed everything to be taken away, filled several bin sacks with rubbish, and left items that could be used by the home, such as wool, dominoes, jigsaws...
It was good to chat to the staff, many of them quite shocked by her sudden death, and it was good to have a tidy ending.
As ever, it felt odd to drive away from somewhere for the last time, knowing another chapter was closed.
Quite sobering that after more than 80 years, a life can be packed up in a couple of hours, and that, in a few weeks at most, someone else will enjoy the room that has been Mum's home for the last couple of years. I read somewhere that the average 'dwell time' in a care home is two years - Mum managed that almost exactly.
It feels positive to have so much practical stuff done - though all the 'legal' stuff has to wait until Monday.
I have been incredibly moved by the messages of condolence that I have received, and feel very much the embrace of prayers and love that I know are surrounding us all at this time. I know it is very early days, and I know the finality of it all has yet to hit me, but God is in it all, and sends angels in many guises.