A Eulogy for Lydia Labuschagne

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me.’

– C.S. Lewis in ‘A Grief Observed’

Graduating Lydia cropped

Many of you know that Lydia Labuschagne passed away unexpectedly on 31 March 2014, and her dying has left a huge hole in our hearts.

Lydia started her journey with Hatfield Training Centre as a YOYL student in 2002, stayed on as a leader the following year and returned for a second leadership year in 2005. She also completed her correspondence studies in Bible and Theology, graduating with a second degree just five weeks ago with a 92% aggregate; the top marks of the group. She was always a reader and a thinker, and her house was securely built on Jesus, the Rock.

Today we are remembering you, dearest Lydia as your home-town of East London celebrates your life in a memorial service. The truth is we oscillate between drowning in a tidal wave of grief and seeing you laughing from the bottom of your heart as you do flick-flacks in the lush eternal meadows of heaven. We love you * we miss you * we applaud you!

Proverbs 22:1 sounds like Solomon is talking about you: ‘A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.’

Your face book page says it all; your good name and gracious spirit are echoed in the posts of those who knew you. Somehow you managed to be fully present wherever you were, making each of us feel important and special. Thank you for sprinkling our lives with the stardust of your acceptance and love!

We will see you soon, in the twinkling of an eye, and our prayer is that grace may abound to us as we journey on without you… for now.

Pam Ferreira

Principal: Equipping@Hatfield


Memorial Service Information

A second, local memorial service will be held for Lydia on Friday 11 April in Johannesburg South. Details are as follows:

Date:         Friday 11 April, 14:00

Address:  Waterstone College

                        Main Service Road

                        Kibler Park, Johannesburg South

Tel:           011 943 2682

The family has asked that we wear bright colours.