Well yesterday was beautiful and Princess Rani even held off the rain as it is horrible here today but beautiful yesterday.
I was so not looking forward to the funeral even having to have a bucket in the car to get to the Chapel (but that is another story).
Lilydale Crematorium is absolutely beautiful...we booked it site unseen but had been told by others that it is lovely...not something you really think about.
The chapel was full for our Princess and very simply decorated with 12 pink balloons next to her little coffin.
We were lucky enough to have the lovely Hospital Chaplain Keith do Rani's service as he knew her very well coming and visiting her every day in the Hospital.
Everyone from our Families placed a little something on Rani's coffin...her favourite things. I placed her mirror, John placed a dummy, Josh and Teagan placed pictures and the most beautiful letters, my Mum placed her favourite doll (that she gave her), my Dad placed her its all about me, me, me birthday shirt, my sister Rebecca placed her Peek-a-Boo book (that she bought her), my brother Steven placed a face washer and special flower that he made her that was on her cot, John's Mum placed a favourite Teddy and Johns Dad placed the doll she played with when she was in the car.
Keith spoke about her life and his experiences with her, then John did a speech, then my brother Steven did a speech about all her little quirks and favourite things..that a lot of the Nurse got a smile out of....and then Rebecca read a poem that her and her best friend wrote. We had a beautiful powerpoint presentation that we made of 50+ photos of Rani, some prayers from Keith and then the final prayer was written and read by Johns Dad.
Then we left the Chapel to Hi-5 songs...Rani's favourite.
Finally we let off the 12 balloons one for each month of her life and they floated off to Rani, they went so far that we could no longer see them.
THANK YOU to everyone for all the support over the last year not just for John and I but for all of our family. Thank you for those who flew in from interstate, those from the School Community, from the Hospital and all of our family and friends for being there to farewell our Princess.
THANK YOU to those who could not make it that sent there thoughts and all of the pink candles that were buring for Rani that I see on Blogs...Thank you.
Thank You Terrance for making the Beautiful Thank You cards and supplying the balloons and Roses.
Thank you Sally and Sandra - you know what for :)