Goodbye to 2018 🌹

We never know what a new year will bring for us, nor do we realise just what strength we as humans have. I’ve learnt a lot about myself this year and I’ve grown as a person. I’ve experienced more pain than I thought I could handle, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and at times I’ve almost been on my knees then something good would happen because I never stopped believing in a higher force.

I’ve learnt that I am more spiritual than religious, believing that there is more love following a spiritual path.  In my mind it’s simple, we need to show more human kindness and not only think about ourselves.

What is happening to our world, we all as individuals play a part, it’s easy to say that we can’t make a difference but we can. Show compassion to others, give a little bit of something to charities/ the homeless/ our own families! Trust in the law of average that the more we give out the more we get back.

After seeing how the hospice works during the last week of mum’s life I was totally blown away by the love and compassion shown to her and us as a family and I will forever be grateful to them and the people who work tirelessly to raise money for organisations such as these.

I am fortunate to have been given the ability to write poetry and create paintings some of which I am going to donate to the hospice where mum passed away for them to sell in their shop. I’m also in 2019 going to attempt to get my five little angel poetry published. I’m not sure how to do it but I’m sure a way will make itself known, then all profits will be shared amongst various charities.

Finally, I will leave you with a photo of my mum who has played such a massive part in my life. We may not have always seen eye to eye but came to understand and appreciate each other eventually. Her funeral will be held on the 14 January and a Salvation Army officer will be taking the service. Mum chose her own music and has chosen her final piece to be “Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye “ by Vera Lynn which was so typical of her humour.

So here is a photograph taken a few years ago of my mum.

Betty Rose

28.04.1931 to 24.12.2018


  1. Human kindness can be incredibly powerful, even just a gentle touch of it can make a huge difference. I love that you want to publish your poetry next year, I think that’s a wonderful idea.
    Bless you Betty Rose 🌷

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  2. we will all share in the blessings and spiritual growth, (painful as it can sometimes be), your have received in this year Elaine. Thank- you in advance. It did my heart good to hear that your mother was treated with every dignity and respect as she passed from this world into the eternal life of the next. We live in the hope of being reunited with our loved ones, when our day too to pass away comes. May encounters with joy be a frequent and dear friend to you in 2019. All the best.

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  3. Such a beautiful post and lovely photo of your mum..
    loved your paragraph..
    “I’ve learnt that I am more spiritual than religious, believing that there is more love following a spiritual path. In my mind it’s simple, we need to show more human kindness and not only think about ourselves.”

    May LOVE fill more hearts in the New Year. ❤
    Best wishes Elaine.. Love and Blessings

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  4. A nice sentiment and I agree with everything you said.  Good luck with the angel poems.  I’m glad to see you’re doing that.  Thinking of you.❤️

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  5. You’re a wonderful woman, Elaine. You have weathered many a storm this past year. I hope that your paintings do well at the hospice and I wish you must joy happiness and renewed energy during the upcoming year. Love, Phyllis.

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  6. Precious Elaine, please accept my delayed sympathies on the passing of your Mum. I am so sorry I didn’t know until now as I haven’t been blogging or reading for a bit. God Bless you all and may your Mum rest in peace with the angels watching over you. I am sending you a huge heartfelt hug of healing…love to you Elaine. xo

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  7. I checked out there for a bit but was thinking of you. I even had a dream of you, your mum and I eating desserts off a tiered display (and I have been sugar free for 7 years now!). Oh, Elaine – I am happy to hear she and your family were treated so well. Continued thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Air hug!

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  8. Sorry for the loss of your mum. Excuse my belated sympathy, Elaine. We just came home last night from our family travel to Hong Kong and Japan. We went to my nephew’s wedding. During our stay, one sister was admitted to the hospital and passed away two days later. It was so unexpected.
    I saw your recent post about making angels card for the hospice visitors. It’s a great idea. I had family members and friends who went through hospice care. It’s comforting to family who knows there’s a brighter place on the other side of the door!

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            1. They say that our hearing is the last thing to go. My nephew, my mums favourite grandson but don’t tell the others came the day before she died and she was not responding to us. My grandson said I love you Grandma, something he never said and she lifted her arm and he held her hand, that was such a special moment. 😢

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              1. Yes, my husband’s dad passed away in 2008. He was unconscious for days. As soon as we arrived the hospital and talked to him, he opened his eyes and his eyes were brightened up for a few seconds and closed again. He passed away on the day I was in the hospital for hysterectomy, and diagnosed with cancer. I called and asked the family schedule the funeral service after I was discharged for the surgery of hysterectomy. It’s good to know that the hearing goes last.

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