Mum's funeral on Friday went well. We put together a nice gentle service for her and although it was only a 20 minute service at the crematorium everyone there felt she'd have approved. It was also commented that my late Father would have approved of the service and how it had been planned. That meant a lot to my brother and myself.
I wrote the eulogy (second one I've had to write this year sadly) and my brother then added a few words to it. Email definitely came in handy for that! In the eulogy I made a point of thanking her carers from the agency that for the past 4 or so years supported Mum in her home. (Three of her regular carers attended - one was still in uniform as she was between visits). I put a paragraph in to thank Mum's neighbour Terri as, without Terri's support, Mum couldn't have stayed in her home. Terri has now become part of our family and we've reassured her that she'll always be part of the family.
I brought a "thank you" card for her agency carers; everyone in the family signed it, put a little message in, and said who they were in relation to mum (e.g., grandson, etc.,). I'm posting the card to the satellite office where her carers take their timesheets into so they can all see it.
Doesn't take much effort does it, to thank people, but I think it means such a lot if you get a genuine, heartfelt thank you for doing your job well and making a difference to someone.
Turn a negative into a positive!