Irish Inner Peace Pilgrimage Day 8 – A Tribute to Mothers

by inspire on September 29, 2009

Very late on Friday evening I got a call asking me to play the bagpipes for a funeral on Monday. It’s always such an honour and a privilege to play at any funeral and this one was no exception. Funerals always let us know what people truly value in their lives.

This deceased lady who I had the honour of piping for died last week at the age of 91. She was a women who after looking after her own seven children looked after her own elderly parents. By all accounts she was an active women right into her elderly years and enjoyed singing and playing bridge everyday. Most impressively she leaves a legacy of  7 children, 33 grandchildren and 17 great grand children! As one of her own children said in her eulogy “eventhough our Mother is now physically gone her love will never die … as it lives on through us“. The love of their Mother will live on for sure in all this offspring but also as was clearly evident at her funeral in the many people whose lives she had lovingly touched. 

Elizabeth Kubler Ross, author of ”Death and Dying”  stated in the truly inspirational CD’s Graceful Passages (regarding the moment of our passing) that we’re asked two questions one of them is “how much love were you able to give and recieve?”.

Well this deceased lady will certainly be answering that question with flying colours. In fact I’d say that most if not all Mothers in the world will answer this question with flying colours. All of us have so much to thank our Mothers for. In fact as I listened to the radio on the way home from the funeral I heard stories about children who in the 1950′s in Ireland, were taken from their Mothers, some never to see them again. So if we’ve had the good fortune of sharing time with our Mother, we are some of the fortunate ones.

Todays video, day 8, on this online Irish Inner Peace Pilgrimage is my own personal  Tribute to All Mothers, past, present and future. The song I sing was sung at the funeral yesterday, it’s called Jesus Remember Me and it’s a song from the Taizé community in France.

The final reflection at the funeral yesterday was a few lines that I guess one of this ladys children wrote:

“We asked her once and often,
Who was her favourite one?
Aren’t I your perfect offspring?
She said there’s no such one!
You are all my favourites!
She would say I love you all the same
And that she did for sure
In her own wonderful way”

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís”
(this is the Irish language for ”may her faithful soul be at the right hand of God”. )

Seán M. O’Cellaigh (Sean M Kelly)

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