Monday, 6 April 2015


Thank You From the Bottom of Our Heart

Dear family and friends

I am now back in Copenhagen. It is exactly a month since my father passed away. Words couldn’t express the love that had cradled us during this period. Each and every one of you who came to the wake or to our home and even those who could not make it, touched our hearts deeply, we just want to say thank you.

We had no experience in hosting a wake, and how we are grateful to the Church of Singapore, who came in a single phone call, taking care of the services with great organization skill and care, that allowed us to say goodbye to my father and helped us to find expression for our grief in the most peaceful and dignified way. From the days of the wake to the day of cremation and the collection of ashes, you were with us. We are filled with gratefulness and thanks-giving.

Trinity Casket who embalmed my father, making him look good, placing him lovingly in a casket, cleaned up the place without being called and served as pall-bearers all the way to cremation and collection of ashes.

How many of you were concerned that we eat and brought us food, some even in the wee hours of the morning for our breakfast. We could not eat them all, but we shared them with the undertakers, who were glad for them.

In a work-culture like Singapore, with long working hours, yet you took time to come after a tired day of work and late into the night, some even for more than a night. We are deeply touched.

In a work-culture like Singapore, where annual leaves are scare and precious, yet you took leave to come to my father’s cremation, which fell on a weekday. We did not expect it and we were filled with love. We are truly touched.

How many of you in your advance age of 80s, still insisting of coming to the wake, some even took the public transport to reach the not very central location of the wake. We are deeply touched.
How some of you have difficulty walking, but yet chose to come to pay your last respect, to which we are truly thankful.

How some of you with young toddlers to take care, yet brought them to the cremation service, to which we are truly thankful.

How some of you flew back just for the wake, or came to the wake on the same day you had just returned to Singapore, to which we are truly thankful.

How you helped to take pictures and videos for the last memory of our father, to which we are truly thankful.

How some of you “camped” with us to the wee hours of the morning, your way of showing support, to which we are truly thankful.

It was a time of grief, yet it was a time made beautiful by the peace of God that prevailed and the love of God demonstrated and outpoured by each and every one of you. On behalf of my family, we thank you. It is a time I would remember for the rest of my life.

When facing life’s challenges, I will remember your love and the milk of human kindness that we have experienced, and it will give me the hope and strength that will carry me through...

Thank you for being a part of my father’s life and death and for being a part of our lives.

Thank you for your giving, knowing that we have nothing to give back. On behalf of my family and my father, we truly thank you.

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