Hanna certainly had some issues with declining health concerns. This recent bout brought on an infection that compounded into failures that would greatly hinder the quality of life if she recovered coming out the other end. Mom was comfortable with her choice to receive as much support from Dr.'s as needed to keep her well enough for family to spend some time with her. She still expressed concern about how we felt and didn't want to prolong anything. We were by her side as modern assistance was phased out and she began to relax.
She was accepting that we were good with her choice. She no longer needs to worry about sunscreen, no longer a concern or worry about eating healthy, cold salty winters or trying to one up her aging friends with competitive sickness bragging rights. She was good. The transition with her passing was smooth, calm and we are grateful. She is now with her mom and sister, creating a new bitch and stitch club.
The time-honored tradition of writing an obituary letter is on the wane, mirroring a decline of letter-writing overall. "Write a nice obituary for me." She said. "Something non traditional, make 'em smile. But don't be rude." My mom asked this of me because of my unconventional way of thinking. "Don't try to name everyone because you'll forget someone and the ad will cost you your inheritance if you did." (We giggled.) Those who knew Hanna often received letters, Christmas cards, Birthday cards, congratulations cards or thank you cards. Made with love from her heart, always welcomed or even unexpected at times. They were always fantastic and heart warming. Just one way of saying she was thinking of you.
Hanna had strong beliefs about family values that never waivered. Family and friends were always at the forefront, core principles, connecting, and helping others from her heart, even to a fault ;) Those who've taken her lessons to heart will continue to ensure this is passed on and is a beautiful thing.
No buildings named after Hanna; no monuments erected or street names in her honor. However my mother held a few titles with pride. Devoted daughter, sister, mother and friend. She made living the best life possible with connections and the chance to know and love each and every family member, their additions and friends new and old. How much more blessed can a person be?
Cremation will take place this week, her ashes will be kept around as long as the urn matches the dÃ©cor, or interment is arranged. Mom, giggled at that line.
We are inviting everyone to gather at 1259 Bridge st in New Dundee for 9 a.m. Saturday, August 27th. We will gladly provide coffee/donuts, a service hosted by a long time family friend, Pastor Ken DeMaere followed by the interment at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery 243 Weber St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 1E9 for 11 a.m. Returning to New Dundee for a light lunch.
Finally, the family asks that in honor of Hanna you simply pay it forward with kindness and write your MP to ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time, because she hated that. Dress code is comfortable and respectful as a request. No shirt, no shoes, no service. Pffft!! Yes George, you have to wear pants.
If you want to, you can look for Hanna in the evening sunset or with the earliest spring daffodils. You know she will be there in one form or another.
I'll leave you with this...please don't cry because she is gone; instead be happy that she was here.
Messages and condolences may be left at www.tricitycremations.com. Please visit Hanna's obituary notice on Facebook.