Barbara's mother was cremated on the 23th of februari 2017 at Cambridge. It was a very windy day. But during the cermony the sun appeared. As Barbara's mother was a Buddhist the cermony was held in the traditions of Bhuddism. It was a small service and godson Andrew held a speech. A Buddhist priest and 17 followers attended the meeting, other participants were family and close friends. In total between 40 and 50 people attended the closed cermony. The hall in which the cermony was held was full.
Barbara's mother ashes will be placed next to the ashes of Barbara, in the same grave.
由于度娘禁止在贴吧募资，大家请自行上网以安德鲁提供的方式捐赠。翁妈妈的中文名字是张明如(因广东话发音问题一直被误以为是张明仪)，英文名字是Cheung Ming Yee.
Gran passed away peacefully in her sleep on 17th Jan 2017 in her home. At the age of 91, she had a rich and fulfilling life, taking on everything with energy and vigor. Her smile, love, and cuddles will be dearly missed.
Her funeral will be held Cambridge City Crematorium on 23rd Feb 2017. Due to limited seating, we have decided to have the service as a private event. For those who wished to fly over to attend, you have our sincerest thanks but I hope you understand. Instead, it would have made gran very happy if you could consider spending more time with your friends and family, especially elderly members who may not be so mobile, or perhaps some voluntary work to help those in need during the Chinese New Year. Life is precious and we must make the most of it.
Many have asked how you can donate to charity so here's a link below. Gran always helped those in some of the poorest countries in the world so we decided that GiveWell can fulfil her wishes. GiveWell is a non-profit organisation that examines the effectiveness of multiple charities. Every year they publish a list of top charities doing the most effective work in alleviating suffering and saving lives. You can donate directly to them and they will then distribute it amongst their top chosen charities or pick and choose yourself (they do not take a commision from your donations). Their top charities include Against Malaria Foundation, who distribute cost effective bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria; and other initiatives aimed at controlling debilitating parasitic diseases. Please go to their website to read more about their research and finding.
Here's how to donate:
1) Go to https://secure.givewell.org/
2) Enter the amount(s) you'd like to donate
3) Under “A few more questions”, tick “Would you like to dedicate this donation to someone?”. Please enter:
4) Dedication name: Cheung Ming Yee
7) Press the Donate button
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The details you need are:
*Deliver to: Funeral directors (£3.50)
*Delivery Date: 22nd Feb 2017
*Delivery First Name: Ming Yee
*Delivery Last Name: Liu
*Company Name: Richard Stebbings Funeral Service Ltd
*Address: Kendal House, Cambridge Road, Impington
*Post Code: CB24 9YS
Name of deceased: Mrs Ming Yee Liu
Date of funeral: 23rd Feb 2017
Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Andrew Chan, Barbara’s godson and Roderic Chan was my father. Although we were not related, she became my gran and I her grandson from the day I was born. When Barbara found out my mother was pregnant, she said she was going to be the godmother and no one else could be!
Q: Were you close to gran?
A: She was my family and the person dearest to my heart. I loved her very much.
Q: Was she ill? This sounded so sudden.
A: Gran has been ill with many problems from the day she was born. As you may have known, she had a stroke a few years ago but she also had underlying heart problems amongst other things. I’ll post more details when I feel it's more appropriate later.
Q: Why is the funeral date so late?
A: Many reasons, including the registration office and crematorium being very busy, Chinese New Year, and finding date for the Buddhist nuns to lead the service.
Q: I thought Barbara was Catholic, what about her mum?
A: Gran wanted a Buddhist ceremony. I guess it’s more in line with her culture and tradition.
Q: Where will she be buried?
A: She wanted to be buried alongside with her daughter at Cambridge City Cemetery, we are in the process of arranging it.
Q: You mentioned that there’ll be an exhibition of Barbara’s artwork, any updates?
A: Sadly no updates yet. After I’ve catalogued all her work, I’ll update you.
Q: I’d like to visit Barbara’s grave in Cambridge, is there anything I can help with?
A: Yes, please remove any dead flowers and don’t leave fruit. This will help keep the area clean and bug-free.
Q: Why has gran got so many different surnames? It’s very confusing!
A: Her family name was Cheung. Barbara’s father’s surname was Yung, but when gran remarried in the UK, she took on Liu as her surname. After her divorce, she did not change it back to Cheung and it stuck ever since.
Q: Did she have an English name?
A: Yes, Sally. It means “Princess” in Hebrew (and yes, she was like a little princess!).
Q: I thought she was born in the year of the rabbit? Why was she 91?
A: It was what was written on her official documents. There were probably discrepancies between the Chinese and Gregorian calendar when her DOB was recorded when she was born (if at all and if accurately).
Q: Do you speak Chinese? This Chinese translation is a bit strange!
A: I speak Cantonese but my Chinese is poor. I’m not sure how well Google/Baidu/Facebook will translate my English, many apologies.
A: It is unlikely, but I will try to read as many of them as possible and leave a reply on facebook or by other means.