Rosalie Jean Saunders (4 August 1939–6 August 2020)

Mum on her 81st birthday

On Thursday 6 August, two days after her 81st birthday my beautiful Mum, Rosalie Jean Saunders was found dead at home.

She had had an amazing birthday, she felt so blessed by people’s love and kindness. She had her hair dyed pink in celebration. Two days later, it appears that her heart gave out, but oh! what a heart she had.

The last two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion. Most days when folks have asked me how I am, I’ve said that I’ve been like a typical day of Scottish weather: I’ve had a bit of everything.

Today, restricted by Covid-19 guidelines, a few family and friends gathered in the church grounds at St John the Evangelist, Selkirk (Mum’s spiritual home since 1974) and then in the Auld Kirk Yard to give thanks for the life of Mum and commit her to God’s keeping.

Mum was buried in a family grave, alongside my father.

My sister, brother and I worked collaboratively on her eulogy (below) using notes that she had left herself (thanks Mum, they were really helpful!). Mum left a lot of papers and writings and photographs which we will go through over the next few weeks, months, years and I’d like to compile them into a book to remember Mum by. But that is for another day.

Today we rejoiced for her life, her love, her faith in the God she adored.

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Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Obituary—Redneck Stomp (Live)

When I’m angry I will mostly listen to heavy music. I let the music wash over me and it helps me to let go of the anger. It takes me out of myself.

There are some thrash and death metal songs that I find almost soothing, and when I’m really p*ssed off: the heavier the better: Slayer, Godflesh, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura and Obituary, to name a few.

This is taken from Obituary‘s 2005 album Frozen in Time.

(As you can see, I’m playing catch-up with blog posts over the weekend!)