Catherine O'Mahony: How do we sum up our mother’s life in one sentence?

We feel, but try not to feel, the weight of the responsibility of picking the words

11th October, 2015
Funeral Lillies. Picture: Getty

The funeral singer wants to know which songs “the deceased” would have wanted.

There is no reasonable answer to this question. We have no idea. The deceased never appeared especially interested in music. She never even indicated a preference for one style of music over another.

The funeral singer appears earnestly determined to offer a bespoke service, so we give in and pick some of our own favourite hymns. Ag Críost an Síol....

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