She passed peacefully
Despite soft words of comfort
Grief rips us open

In memory of a dear friend, Ruth, who was cremated today.
She made the world a brighter place, and filled it with laughter, mischief and creative passion.
She saw clearly and with an open heart, and I will miss her.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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32 Responses to Passing

  1. You’ve made me wonder whether a person can be cremated, or only the person’s lifeless body.

  2. ♡eM says:

    Oh, Seonaid, I am sad to read of your dear friend’s death, but glad to read words of such love shared. May the love you share help to heal your grieving heart.

  3. A touching tribute Seonaid. I am deeply sorry for your loss! The beautiful people who have touched my life and passed on from their own continue to inspire me, they always will and I will always find them amongst the beautiful things in this world that we treasured.

  4. LB says:

    So very sorry for the loss of a dear friend. Lovely tribute

  5. Leya says:

    I’m sorry for your loss of a great friend, Seonaid. Her memory will live on in you and all who knew her. It takes time to understand that she is really gone and you can talk no more, laugh together no more. Though, I know you will keep her memory alive. A beautiful tribute.

  6. poppytump says:

    Your haiku says it all Seonaid .
    A quiet reflective photo endings … beginnings .

  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

  8. Rachael Charmley says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful tribute. Perhaps because we are capable of giving and receiving infinite love, we can also feel the most intense pain. x

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Dear Seonaid, I’m so sorry to read of your loss. There are no words are there? but know that your blogging sisters surround you.

  10. I’m so very, very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful way to honour her life and memory. I wish you and her near ones strength.

  11. Lovely tribute, Seonaid. So sorry that you’ve lost such a dear friend. Beautiful peaceful scene in your photo.

  12. simonfalk28 says:

    May some of her peace return to you and all her loved ones, greeting you like the glow of a warm hearth.

  13. Simply beautiful — I suspect much like your friend. My sympathies. Losses like this do leave such a gaping hole, an open wound of grief for a time.

  14. Suzanne says:

    A beautiful eulogy. Sending you love and light at this time.

  15. Very touching words to honor your friend. I think we are privileged as readers because you have shared this lovely tribute with us. She must have been a very special lady.
    So sorry for your loss.

  16. The older we get, the more of these losses of dear ones occur. But that doesn’t mean it gets any easier accepting the loss. I know you’ll find comfort in what you do so well: writing about Ruth and honoring her life that way.

  17. wildsherkin says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend, Seonaid.

  18. Sorry for your loss.

    Sent from my iPhone


  19. restlessjo says:

    So sorry, Seonaid. The rough with the smooth.
    Hope you have a peaceful Easter 🙂

  20. Seonaid, an immensely beautiful tribute to a vibrant life lived and will continue to live in your hearts.

  21. colonialist says:

    Sorry such a valued friend has been lost – but it is clear that her impact remains.

  22. It’s been a week like that Seonaid. However worn these words may sound … I am, truly, sorry for your loss. Perhaps you are better trained to understand loss than the rest of us. To me it seems to loom theoretically. And, when it does happen I feel distant from it … I wonder why that is? Perhaps, on the other hand I am simply too much of a realist and refuse to allow the accompanying (and perhaps healthier) emotion to take hold? In any case … be positive and grateful for the stroke of luck which brought Ruth into our life. D

    • Thanks David, I think it doesn’t feel real to begin with, so the emotions are distant. The reality of deaths finality takes time to seep in, and although I will miss her, the true loss is for her husband to bear. She wanted us to remember her vibrant life, and not the the illness at the end, and those are the wonderful memories which were shared among us, with laughter and smiles, after the service.

  23. Sue Vincent says:

    A beautiful tribute to your friend. x

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