Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jilly's wake

At the Beach House in Elwood we said goodbye to Jilly Halliday. Her family spoke of her with so much love and humour. I was particularly moved by what her nephew said. They gave such an authentic and loving portrait of her. And they told us with candour and courage of their love for her. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, as they say. Her friend Carol had arranged hundreds of gas filled balloons, and after people had said their words, we were asked to write on them and then set them free into the dusk sky.
Elwood beach looked particularly moody and evocative, and it was such a moving scene seeing people in little groups letting their balloons go, and calling out her name. She would have loved it. She was there in everybody's hearts. You are leaving a quite a gap in our lives Jilly, you will deeply missed.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In memory of Jilly Halliday

Jilly sent this to me, and called the photo: "I give you love!". (the photo was taken in her second home: Bali) This is so very typical of her I think. She had a wacky sense of humour and a great sense of fun, and most of all was so inclusive and heartful. She died this morning at six o'clock, after a long struggle with brain tumors. It took a year for them to take her out. And in that time she was so courageous and stayed so positive. I know it was very sad for her to lose her beloved dog Bingley in December, he was really her significant other, and had also developed a cancer, almost at the same time.
Rest in Peace my friend. God bless.