A shop’s façade at a mall in Yogyakarta, 9 Mar 2014. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Mount Kelud in Kediri erupted just before midnight on 13 Feb 2014. The next morning residents of Yogyakarta, some 250 km away from the volcano, found their city blanketed by Kelud’s volcanic ash. It somehow reminded them to Merapi volcano eruption in 2010.
Grandmother did not join us for 2014 Chinese new year’s eve dinner. She did not feel like eating. The next day she was hospitalised.
On 5 Feb, we were told that she had passed away. Aunty was there with her two sons. I and father quickly went to the hospital. We contacted other family members in Jakarta, Batam, and Bengkulu.
Aunty said that grandmother’s sister told her not to bury grandmother’s body but to cremate the body instead. The cremation took place on 7 Feb, and on 9 Feb we took her ashes to the sea.
Grandmother was born 85 years ago. In the past few years, she lived with aunty in Yogyakarta. Until we delivered her ashes to the sea, we had not told grandfather about her passing.
Farewell grandmother. See you on the other side. Someday.
Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan © 2014