Three Flowers, Three Sisters

Every month for the past three years my sister and I have sent flowers to our elder sister. They brightened the difficult days of her illness.  Very simple, just three flowers. Three flowers for three sisters.

On Friday I visited my ailing sister.  The three flowers had been delivered just a couple of days previously.  They were beautiful burgundy gerber daisies.  Two were upright and vibrant.  One was wilted and drooped.

Two days later my beautiful sister passed away.

At her request I gave the eulogy at her funeral. Is it strange to say that it was the most heart-breaking, but at the same time the most honoured thing, I have ever done?

As we enter a new year I wish for all of you joy, peace, and love. And flowers.

Three sisters.

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Founder and Owner of the Protocol School Of Ottawa
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7 Responses to Three Flowers, Three Sisters

  1. Tweepwife says:

    I was able to give the eulogy at my father’s funeral ten years ago. I know what you mean about feeling so honoured even while being so terribly sad. I was able to see your brooch when we met which is now even more meaningful. It is so nice that you can remember the flowers and your darling sister.

  2. karenhickman says:

    Suzanne, I am so glad you have the lovely memory of the 3 flowers that you sent to your sister… I know you did a good job with the eulogy and my hope is that it will give you comfort in the days ahead.
    Wishing you peace in the new year, my friend.

    • Thank you so much Karen.
      When I told the florist the story of the flowers, two upright and one wilted, she nodded her head through her tears. She seemed to understand. Do flowers speak to us?
      Yes, I have years of lovely memories. I wish all families could know this kind of relationship.

  3. @amwaters says:

    My condolences Suzanne. What a touching post. From the ‘you’ that is revealed to us through your blog posts, I can well imagine that it was a very powerful and poignant eulogy for your sister. The symbolism of the monthly gift of 3 flowers is very powerful. So thoughtful and meaningful.

  4. Mai Huong Hoang says:

    I can imagine how happy your sister felt when she had you. The idea of sending flowers to her was great and I believe it did relieve her illness. Thanks a lot for your touching but very powerful story, Suzanne.

    P.S: It’s a pity that we have no more your classes at OCCSC. We enjoyed them so much.

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