What is it about us Orthodox and relics of all descriptions ?
My brother had a lovely fluffy blankie on his bed, which Mum bought for him to use in hospital. It was on his bed when he died, and his hands rested on it all day.
DH and I collected it from the hospital on Monday, when we picked up the medical certificate to register his death, and took it to Mum's along with my brother's other belongings.
Imagine my horror when I went to Mum's yesterday and saw the blankie all folded up on one of the chairs, and Mum calmly announced that she had already washed it.
Washed it !
One of the last tangible things we have which my brother had touched daily for months :-(
I would have wrapped myself up in it for comfort and consolation, not washed it.
But at least I have his mobile phone......