Remembering Nana…

Nana, with my Dad

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…

  1. God Bless Nicole. I feel your loss and rejoice in your Nana’s quiet passing. Sending lots of love and healing. Blessing <3

  2. 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

  3. 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….

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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