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BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law

keberoxu 19 Apr 17 - 07:27 PM
ChanteyLass 19 Apr 17 - 09:35 PM
Ebbie 20 Apr 17 - 02:45 AM
fat B****rd 20 Apr 17 - 03:11 AM
Senoufou 20 Apr 17 - 04:01 AM
Dave the Gnome 20 Apr 17 - 04:20 AM
Monique 20 Apr 17 - 05:39 AM
Jim Carroll 20 Apr 17 - 12:53 PM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Apr 17 - 07:30 PM
Rapparee 20 Apr 17 - 10:03 PM
Senoufou 21 Apr 17 - 04:22 AM
Gallus Moll 21 Apr 17 - 06:51 PM
ChanteyLass 22 Apr 17 - 07:48 PM
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Subject: for Eliza a/k/a Senoufou and her husband
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 07:27 PM

Mudcatter Senoufou, also known as Eliza, has become dear to many of us here.
She just saw her husband off to his native country, where his father has passed away.

Bearing Eliza, her husband, her extended family and friends in prayers and in my heart.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 09:35 PM

Sending love to her whole family.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 02:45 AM

And sending love from me too.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 03:11 AM

Best regards and thoughts from Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 04:01 AM

Thank you all so much. He was an interesting man, and spoke good French, so we could talk together. I'll miss him.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 04:20 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss, Eliza. My thoughts are with you and your husband.

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Monique
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 05:39 AM

Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille, Eliza.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 12:53 PM

Mine too
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 07:30 PM

& mine


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Apr 17 - 10:03 PM

I'm in this as well. Good thoughts to you and yours!


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 Apr 17 - 04:22 AM

So kind of you all, thank you.

My husband rang to tell me the committal has taken place. No coffin,
just a white shroud. (Muslim custom is to inter as quickly as possible, with all the older male members of the mosque and the Imam present to offer prayers) My husband is now getting a stonemason to provide a headstone. Many don't do this, and thereafter have no idea where in the vast burial ground their loved one is located.

About seventy people have arrived so far from all over Cote d'Ivoire. It's a huge family, and it's almost imperative to try and get to a member who has been bereaved. In a day or two, the numbers will reach a hundred or even more. My mother-in-law is surrounded by ladies who feed her, bathe her and generally tend to her day and night. So different to the West isn't it?

The ladies have a strung-up cloth shelter in the enormous family compound under which to sleep, on mats. The men are at the other end, with a cloth erected so the sexes are separated and can't see each other. Food is provided for all at about 8pm every evening. One borrows huge dishes from neighbours for the mountains of rice. About eight people sit on the ground around each dish, and eat with the right hand, (never, ever the left!). Most wear white, the colour of mourning. My husband took his white boubou (long gown) and his little white crocheted hat.

I wish I could have gone with him, but it would have been slightly inappropriate at such a time, (being a toubabou and a Christian) and about a thousand pounds for my fare (three planes)
Also, there are so many health risks, I think it would have been rather dangerous at my age to attempt it without updating all my immunisations and getting Malarone (anti-malarials) without which you could easily die. But my thoughts are with them.

Husband is finding it terribly sad, and stressful, but he's coping. He gets home on May 4th.


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 21 Apr 17 - 06:51 PM

My condolence to you and your husband Eliza. In my thoughts at this time.
A


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Subject: RE: BS: condolences, loss of father-in-law
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 22 Apr 17 - 07:48 PM

Thank you for explaining the customs. I hope your husband is home with you soon.


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