Making Something Beautiful Out of Something Sad

For those of you who don’t know – I was at my gran’s cremation this Monday.

After the service, the Funeral Director approached me, since I was the one who had made the arrangements, and he asked me what to do with the flowers. The crematorium had a patio for remembrance where we could lay them to rest but some guests suggested I take them away. So that’s what I did.

I’ve been feeling slightly guilty about that ever since: These were bought for my gran, to honour her, and to leave them to rest beside her.

But today is all about self-compassion. So I am going to let this guilt go.

Instead, I am going to enjoy the sight and smell of the flowers in my small flat, which has now become a temporary florist shop.

It’s sad to say goodbye to someone you love but she is happier where she is now. And, as a keen gardener, I know she would have hated to see the flowers go to waste with no-one appreciating their beauty after the one day. (You never know, I may learn a thing or two about floristry in these next few days. If not, then at least the celebration of life – and colour – can continue.)

Here’s to making something beautiful out of something sad.

By |2017-01-13T13:49:39+00:00April 20th, 2016|2 Comments

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Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly. Hi all! With a thirst for knowledge and love of understanding about how we work as individuals and societies it made sense for me to become a journalist. But with a desire to share the positivity in the world – there is a lot of it! - and to encourage one another to open up, form strong communities and strengthen our wellbeings as a collective, it has been the most natural transition for me to turn into a Happynesshub aficionado. Hoping the work here will bring a little bit of sunshine into all of our lives :-)


  1. Geri April 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Your Grandma would be very happy that you have the flowers so close to you. Maybe you could press some and once done make a picture out of the to always remember your Grabdma. Xx

  2. John Robinson April 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    The flowers go nice in our house too, thanks Cathy!

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