January comes, and with it the seemingly endless news of deaths. Deaths sometimes of elderly friends, neighbours, acquaintances or even the sister/brother/mum/dad of someone we know well. Crematoria are busy places and the graveyard usually wet, windy and unwelcoming.
Today we commend Una to Our Lord, an incredibly dignified, elegant old lady who in her time was as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside. Although the last years were blighted with dementia, the love and affection which belonged to Una amongst us all has not diminished within the St Aug's family. She will get an appropriate send-off!
In what I tend to call the "Death Month", in the midst of heavy dark grey clouds, teeming rain and inevitable darkness, I need always to remind myself that Easter is just around the corner, and the sure and certain hope of resurrection is with us at all times, even in the gloomiest of times of January!