Mum passed away on my birthday
Mum passed away quickly, painlessly and peacefully at 12.55 am GMT Saturday 26 Oct 2013, she was 84.
I am glad the doctor did not clear me to fly on Monday the 21st so both I and my brother were there for the last moment. I sang her Cantonese opera her favourite and we had all grown up listening to it on vinyl spinning round the record player. I only know a few lines and sing out of tune but it seemed the only thing to soothe her when agitated, confused or in pain. I would repeat the lines over and over again but Mum didn’t seem to mind.
Most of all I am grateful for the two weeks with Mum in hospital. Though we did not communicate with words we felt the bond of unconditional love that only exists between mother and child.