It would have been your birthday on May 7 and I, together with your family and friends would have shared some laughter and cheer, despite your discomfort and pain. Dear sister-in-law I miss you, as I know your family and friends do, as everyone whose lives you touched will.
You left us six months ago, after a long and painful illness, bravely borne. Never during this time did you lose your sense of caring, compassion and humour and above all, the love you so unstintingly radiated among all of us. I was your brother's wife, but I know you cared for me as you would have cared for a sister. You were always there for me, encouraging me, through good times and sad.
These memories of you will always be etched in my mind and to me you will always be 'Mother Courage'.
"This day for us is sacred, for it will always be – a day of dear remembrance and fondest memory. But not on this day only upon our loss we dwell. She is remembered always by those who loved her well." (From Patience Strong).
Dear Ganji, may your journey in Sansara be short and may you attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana soon.
Verna L. De Silva