Goodbye

August 31, 2009 at 20:23 3 comments

Today’s post is dedicated to one of my church elders, Uncle C. I’m not close to any of the elders, but Uncle C was one of those I liked best. He was kind, sweet and smiling, and never smug, patronizing or hypocritical. He didn’t tell people what to do, but quietly did it himself. He had cancer and was on chemotherapy, but never got to the stage where it was immediately obvious.

What happened was that after church last Sunday, he suddenly became dizzy and had trouble breathing. The next I heard, he was comatose in the intensive care unit. Then I heard that his brain scan showed a massive bleed. I don’t think he ever recovered consciousness. Visitors were limited to family and pastors.

He died three days ago.

Mr. Manx and I went to the wake last night. Throughout the whole thing, I kept smelling the scent of L’Artisan Perfumeur’s Fleur de Narcisse, which was crazy. This is a 2006 limited edition scent, of which only 3000 numbered bottles were available for sale worldwide. I think only Tangs carried it here, and I saw only three bottles there. I have one, and I cannot imagine the odds of someone else having bought one of the other two and sitting within sniffing distance of me. Also, it’s not exactly the kind of scent one wears to a funeral. All the same, I couldn’t trace it to anyone; it was simply in the air, driving me nuts with the scent of earthiness under cool white flowers. After a while, though, I just sat and enjoyed the smell. Who knows. God works in mysterious ways.

Death can happen anytime. What makes me sad about it is the people who are left behind. They have to carry on with a gaping hole where once there was a parent, a partner, a lover, a friend. It’s hard to get used to. Two days ago, I saw Uncle C’s obituary over the shoulder of a man who was reading the paper. It was strange. Smiling, but no longer feeling. Real, but no longer there.

Goodbye, Uncle C. You will be greatly missed.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kel  |  September 1, 2009 at 00:46

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    mr manx told me about it. i don’t really remember him v clearly but it is v sad to hear about..

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    • 2. Katie  |  September 1, 2009 at 14:17

      Yar. The wake was quite emotional. He was such a sweet guy, and it happened so suddenly. I’m sure he is at peace now, but I feel sad for the family.

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  • 3. kel  |  September 2, 2009 at 01:03

    am sure they will be ok. it’s encouraging to see the legacy that one leaves behind. of course he will still be dearly missed, but God’s comfort will be there.

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