So, Jonathan's memorial service was on Sunday. It was a lovely day, with so many family, friends and ex-colleagues who came out to help us say good bye and send Jonathan on his way. In all, I think we had about 90 people there. Which, for a man who spent his entire adult life moving around the globe and not staying long enough to build up those close friendships we take for granted, was pretty good going. I think he would have been a little embarrassed at what he would have thought was a lot of people and a lot of fuss for little 'ol him. He was always just a humble, gentle soul.
Without going into the details of the day, I wanted to share with you all 3 pieces of music we played for him.
The first, 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You', was requested by his Mom who, sadly because of her age, was not able to travel to South Africa to join us. She and Jonathan's Dad used to sing in a choir, which is probably why this was particularly meaningful for her.
The second, 'Like I'm Gonna Lose You', is a song that came out in 2015. It would often be playing on the radio while I was putting Jonathan to bed, and we would sometimes dance to it, with him leaning his head on my shoulder, and my holding him up. The words really struck a chord with me, and would often play in my head, to remind me what was important on those days when fatigue and frustration would threaten to get the better of me. This isn't the version that was on the radio, but rather a cover version by a wonderful singer I discovered. The fact that she is of mixed Chinese/English descent make this more apt, as I am Chinese, and Jonathan was English.
The third, by Yiruma, was sent to me by a very special friend who emigrated some years ago and now lives very far away. I played it for Jonathan during his last 2 weeks with us, and it just feels like him.
I guess by sharing these with you all, it kinda feels like you all get to share, just a little bit, in Jonathan's day. And perhaps they will give you some comfort, on the days that you need it. (Warning, get the tissues ready!)
I hope you enjoy them.