- To mend our broken hearts and fill it with love and compassion
- To bring the family together
- To remind us that life is worth living regardless of what situation we may be facing
It was a hard day at work last Thursday, things wasn't going right and it wasn't my kinda day! I checked my Facebook Message and saw that I received a message from my Cousin L telling me that Baby Ilijana passed way. My heart started pounding hard and instant tears flow out of me. I walked to the toilet and sat there for a bit crying it out and than contact our side of the family and letting them know of the sad news.
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I was given the honor of taking part in dressing up Baby Ilijana for the funeral. What a sacred event it was for me - an experience I will never forget. One that I will always hold dear to my heart!
I also was given the honor of helping out with any preparation that was required. I didn't have time to capture much photos or videos as I wanted to BE IN THE MOMENT.. but here's a few I had on my phone.
With the honor i was given there were few things I did on the funeral to mark the missions of Baby Ilijana's life here on earth:
NO.2: Wall of Greens Baby Ilijana brought to life what was missing in each an everyone of us and as a family! She remind us that family is important. She reminded us the basic things in life. She reminded us that life is not just to come together to mourn but to stay together to celebrate life and bring beautiful flowers.. So I filled one side of the window with greenery and flowers with hearts to mark what she has taught us.
NO.3: Pink Tulles There's a sweetness that you feel and almost can taste when you see soft pink tulles.. when I was given the honor of doing something pretty for the stand where Baby's coffin will be placed - I immediately thought of PINK TULLES! That's who Ilijana was to all of us - she made us felt calm and mattered. She made our worry go away when we're with her that we can almost taste the sweetness of life of which we didn't notice. She would hold on to our finger with her tiny hands yet it was a strong grip with all her little energy regardless of the many pain she constantly suffered. It was all about us when we visit her - she made it all about us ALWAYS and never about her!