10 Sep 2022

The Queen’s death seems to have come about in a characteristically steadfast way. Almost like she planned a neat and ordered, graceful sign off - one day she was at work, then she tidied up leaving the leather bound instructions manual in an empty in-tray. The imagined image in my head of her husband smiling as he wrapped her into the crook of his arm, can stay a long while.

For anybody who has found a resurgence in feelings of grief (from the long or near past) that they thought they had popped into a little tin marked ‘done’, please do not place expectation on yourself.  Grief isn’t a thing, it’s lots of things.  And it’s a shape-shifter, it rarely repeats itself but plays hide and seek with us.

For me, I have missed my two grannies very much this week. They were just a year or three older than the Queen and I was lucky to have had them in my life until I was in my forties.  

The way to keep grief from winning is, I believe, to keep the fun memories close.  I think of my granny saying “auld Queenie is still a fine looking wumman for her age hen, mind you, so would I be if I’d had her diet”.  I think of my other granny unexpectedly farting, wearing her nightie as she answered the phone, and causing my brother and I (age 9 and 6) to think our lungs would burst from holding in our laughs.  And I think of the Queen larking about on Britannia saying “weeeeeeeeeee” as the boat lurched in a slightly rough sea, in order to help keep guests calm.

Grief wears many coats.  Just keep putting them on a peg and not in the wardrobe.

Godspeed ma’am.

Love from

The room above the garage

A Moodscope member.

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