Monday, April 8, 2013

death notice, Sarah Prendergast

The death has occurred of Sarah Dawn Prendergast (nee Davies) of Conna, Co Cork

Prendergast (Derby, Fountainstown, & Conna); on April 8th 2013 after a brave struggle in the excellent care of Marymount Hospice; predeceased by her beloved husband, the late Phillip. A caring and loving mother to her daughter Ruth & son Ivan. Sadly missed by her life-long partner Sean Meehan, her son-in-law the Rev Patrick Burke and daughter-in-law Ann; her grandsons Isaac, Jeremiah, Jacob, Malachi, Dathai, & Donnchadh; granddaughter Aine-Marie; and her wide circle of family & friends. Prayers at 11 am Wednesday April 10th in the Mortuary of Marymount Hospice; followed by cremation in Island Crematorium at 2pm. Requiem Mass in St Catherine's, Conna, on Saturday, April 20th at noon. Family flowers only; donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society. May she rest in peace to rise in glory.


  1. Our prayers and sympathy to you all in what must be an appalling time.
    Appropriately today, I came across these words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
    “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Furthermore, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

  2. What beautiful words. Thank you, Father.