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Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:59 pm
by catlover
My mother recently passed away this year of TB. (A non contagious strain) So I am all for it.Please keep me informed on this ideal.I think it sounds it sounds like a great way to honor him and honor my mother too.

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:29 pm
by Raphael
Sorry to hear about your mother catlover. x

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:56 pm
by catlover
Thank you Raphael.It was awful to see what she went through even with our modern medical help.I thought of Keats the whole time she was suffering and I can't imagine what he suffered.I really hope that this ideal becomes a reality.

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:19 pm
by Raphael
catlover wrote:Thank you Raphael.It was awful to see what she went through even with our modern medical help.I thought of Keats the whole time she was suffering and I can't imagine what he suffered.I really hope that this ideal becomes a reality.


I hope your mother got some relief from the medical help. Even today TB is hard to treat with some strains. Joseph Severn's accounts make harrowing reading.

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:49 pm
by catlover
I identify with with Severn's situation.I had nurses,doctors and social workers to help me but he was practically on his own except for a few people who relieved him every now and then.My mother had medication and pain patches to help her suffer less but she still suffered a great deal.She went from 115 to 76 pounds.Thank you for caring.I appreciate it.This subject means a lot to me.

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:13 pm
by Raphael
catlover wrote:I identify with with Severn's situation.I had nurses,doctors and social workers to help me but he was practically on his own except for a few people who relieved him every now and then.My mother had medication and pain patches to help her suffer less but she still suffered a great deal.She went from 115 to 76 pounds.Thank you for caring.I appreciate it.This subject means a lot to me.


It must have been a terrible time for you both. TB is a terrible disease.It doesn't bear thinking about what he went through- not even having any pain relief- like your Mother he lost lots of weight.

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:19 am
by Cybele
Marigolds? Just your garden variety (pun intended :lol: ) common marigold, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigold_%28common%29

I've seen lots of varieties on graves in Mexican cemeteries. It's a beautiful sight. And the smell of the favorite foods of the deceased is also supposed to attract the departed loved ones. I love the way that they dead are not only remembered, but remain a cherished part of the family after their deaths.

Again, I digress. Sorry. :oops:

Re: Celebrating Keats's upcoming birthday

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:09 pm
by Raphael
Cybele wrote:Marigolds? Just your garden variety (pun intended :lol: ) common marigold, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigold_%28common%29

I've seen lots of varieties on graves in Mexican cemeteries. It's a beautiful sight. And the smell of the favorite foods of the deceased is also supposed to attract the departed loved ones. I love the way that they dead are not only remembered, but remain a cherished part of the family after their deaths.

Again, I digress. Sorry. :oops:



The photo shows the African ones- sadly- they will be no more by October 31st...
I'll have to look in a flower shop. I have some dried British ones though (put them in home made ointments).
The tradition of honouring the "dead" is also a Celtic/Druidic one- in fact on his birthday- October 31st which is Samhain.