My beloved Nana passed away, quietly, gently, while I was far away from home. She took her last breath peacefully on the morning of November 16. 2012. Slipping gracefully from her body, she flew off on her fairy wings (everyone who knew Joycie knew she had fairy wings!) to join all of our loved ones who have made the journey before her.
I didn’t learn of her passing until the next day. But I woke on the 16th with such a feeling of heavy melancholy. I couldn’t work out what was wrong with me – I just felt miserable – flat and soul weary. Hug me, I told my husband. I’m so sad and I don’t know why.
Later that day I thought of Nana often. It was all the frangipani flowers here on Koh Samui. My grandparents spent a happy portion of their lives in Papua New Guinea, and long after they were home in Australia, Nana would always tell me that frangipani blossoms reminded her of those happy days in PNG.
At breakfast the next morning I received a text from my Dad. There were tears, but all day I felt close to my Nana as I walked around this island paradise.
I thought of her as I sipped pretty cocktails, I thought of her as I swam in the ocean, I thought of her as I napped on clean sheets under the fan.
She’d lived a full and wonderful life. She taught me more than I can say. And I like to think of her now, up in Heaven, or where ever it is we go as Souls once our time here on Earth is done. Nana will have on a stylish frock. She’ll be having tea with her Mum or Happy Hour drinks with Pa and their friends. She’ll be waving hello from her fluffy cloud, and I’ll be waving back at her, sand between my toes, a drink in my hand, and a smile on my face.
Life is magical. Nana showed me that! Bless ♥ xx
35 thoughts on “Remembering Nana…”
See you soon, honey. Love yew xoxo
Love you too! We’ll be dancing in that good red dust together soon 😀 xoxo
She looked like a strong & powerful woman. She will be deeply missed by you, your faily & everyone who knew her. My condolences. x
I’m sending you so many hugs, Nicole! I know how much Nana means to you. When my grandmother passed, I was also very far away from home. Admittedly, I felt a little guilty about it, but my mother reassured me that my grandmother would never want to see me sad; she would have wanted me to enjoy how beautiful life is.
Your day sounds like a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman.
Poignant tribute!! So sorry for your loss.
so sorry for your loss–but what wonderful memories you have (hugs)
My thoughts are with you Nicole. Nana’s have such a special place in our lives, and like Joycie frangipanis always remind me of my time in PNG – such a heady fragrance. Thank you for sharing memories about her with us – it feels like she was our friend too. Blessings to your and your family.
Sorry to hear of your loss. I feel like I knew your Nana because I read about her in your posts. Love and hugs to you Nicole. Brenda
Hi Nicole, may you and your family now have some peace. Sending much love. Xxx
Thinking of you at this time, I always enjoyed the stories about your nanna, I am sure you can feel her with you, and the sunset over the Koh Samui waters is a sure sign your nanna will always be walking with you and watching over you….
Love and blessings to you and your dad
what a loving tribute to a woman who will always be a part of who you are.
What a lovely reflection of clearly a beautiful person, sending hugs when you dont feel strong xx
Another star shines brighter big loving love and light bubble Nx
Lots and love and hugs to you Nicole. Your Nana sounds like a beautifully special lady indeed xox
Love and blessings Nicole xxx
A lovely post about a lovely lady. Thinking of you and sending you love and hugs.xoxo
Perhaps, it was divinely guided that her dear granddaughter would be experiencing those wonderful memories and special sights that brought her such joy, just at the time your beautiful Nana was running those special memories also…. just maybe….. Always connected <3
Sending light and hugs, i’m so glad you have the space and time to honour her memory and your grief. Sx
God Bless Nicole. I feel your loss and rejoice in your Nana’s quiet passing. Sending lots of love and healing. Blessing <3
sis, May your Nana rest in peace! Blessings to you and your family….
your nana is such a sweetie, you’re blessed to have been able to share your life with her. sending you big hugs and much love and light. arohanui xx
Lovely tribute. I had a nana, too. And she was a precious mentor and supporter. Blessings to you and yours. xo Sam
So Beautiful and oh so deeply moving. Love & Light K
Nana looks like a beautiful woman inside and out. Sending you comfort and prayers.
Sending love and light, so many happy memories ♡♡♡
Blessings to you and your nana! Sending you lots of love! R
I can see from her smile in the photo that she was special. Hugs, Nicole.
Oh – so lovely and so sad.
Fairy kisses to you and your Nana XXX