Today was a beautiful day for Dad's funeral. The weather hasn't been great lately, so it was especially nice to have beautiful weather today. I had been preparing all weekend for the funeral as I had been nominated to give the eulogy, since I'm the eldest in the family. I also put together a slideshow of photos with music for it, so I was glad when this morning came to know that all the work I had been putting into it, would hopefully help make it a special day for Dad.
Kobe said yesterday 'I can't wait for Grandpa's 'funeral party'" which made us laugh. He has been sad on and off, but I think that it's mostly going over his head and he realised that the family would all be together again, and he thought it would just be a lovely day for Grandpa.
Dad had actually planned most of his funeral with Mum, before he passed away, so we knew exactly what he wanted which was nice. He even listed the hymns he wanted and the list kept getting bigger and bigger. We ended up using all the hymns that he wanted in some way as we had instrumental versions being played as the coffin was coming in, and also at the cemetery, and had a men's and children's choir.
All of the grandchildren got to hand out the programs as people arrived and they were so excited about their job. They were all racing each other to see if who could hand it out first. They were even running to people as they got out of their cars!
All of Dad's sons and grandsons wore one of his ties today. The grandsons were so excited to tell everyone that they had Grandpa's tie on.
My brother Christian shared a couple of readings, and our 'Uncle' Jim also spoke. Dad would've loved the choirs so much. All the kids from the family sang 'Families Can Be Together Forever' and it was very cute. Kobe was cracking us up as he was singing so loudly and proudly.
The chapel and hall were filled with hundreds of people and it was so nice to have family from the mainland and all around Tasmania come.
Dad knew that he wanted all of his sons and our brother in law Alex to be the pall bearers, as well as Jay and our cousin Levi. Levi was born on the day that our brother Daniel passed away, and Dad has always had a soft spot for him.
Harri was being so lovely all day long and stuck very close to my Mum. He said he didn't want her to be sad, and sat with his arm around her the whole time and kept making sure she was okay. He has been very sad since we knew that Dad was going to pass away and has had lots of tears, but is also being very brave. He's had a couple of nights of sleeping with me, but is doing so well considering what he's been through again.
Dad wanted to be buried at the Deloraine cemetery as our brother Daniel is there and also Nan and Pop. It was nice to see that his grave wasn't far from Nan and Pop's.
The kids are always fascinated with the deep hole.
Mum was so good all day. There was lots of crying from all of us, but we all felt like it was a lovely day and that Dad would've loved it. Kobe told me that he cried when he saw me crying when I gave my talk, and as he was telling me his lips started quivering again.
The funeral home asked if we wanted a mechanical lift to lower the coffin, but the boys said they wanted to do it themselves. I think it's a nice final thing you can do for someone.
other funerals. We have been asking lots of people for rose petals and we had baskets full of them.
It was so beautiful to see his coffin absolutely covered in them.
It was actually really lovely at the cemetery as everyone just spent some time together, before going back for refreshments.
Everyone was so helpful and brought along food to share. There was so much food which was good, as there were a lot of people to feed. It was nice to talk with everyone, meet relatives that I hadn't before, and catch up with cousins who had come down from the mainland.
It was actually a really lovely day and even though there were tears, it was lovely to be able to give Dad the funeral that he had hoped for. I'm sure he would've loved his 'funeral party'. Thank you Alison for taking some photos for us.