The Memorial for Sophia Turner
Sophia Turner had made the Church of Lazarus her spiritual home. It is also the place where the ashes of her late husband, Brian, are interred. Every Sunday Sophia would attend the Sunday Service for Children and then, without entering into any conversation with anyone en route, she would take a jug of water to the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow bush planted over the ashes of Brian and she would water the bush and spend some time in contemplation.
Sophia moved to Cambridge, England, on the eve of the Covid lockdown to be near her daughters and granddaughters.
When she discovered that she had cancer she took this on as part of the journey of this life, endeavouring to understand what this meant in her biography. She died well prepared and in full consciousness on Friday 8 July. It was obvious that her ashes should be interred with those of Brian in the Memorial Garden of the Church of Lazarus.
Sophia's daughter Dani with her husband and two daughters arrived in South Africa on Monday 8 August. The Act of Consecration for one who has died was held on Saturday 13 August and Sophia's ashes were interred next to those of her husband and a yellow clivia now makes the place next to the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow bush. Many people who had known Sophia, including her Latin American dance teachers, then gathered to speak about Sophia, her life and the impact she had had on others.
The vase of sunflowers that adorned the tea table was sent by a friend from Windhoek who could not make it to Johannesburg for this special day. The vase itself, painted chalkboard-black, was decorated by Sophia's granddaughter.
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