Elton John, singer of "Rocket Man" and "Your Song," has laid his mother to rest.
His beloved mother, Sheila Eileen Farebrother passed away on December 4th, reported E! Online. The family came together nearly a month later, on January 3rd, to celebrate her life.
According to John, the funeral was "perfect." He posted a memorial to his mother on his Instagram.
"Dear Mum," wrote the singer-songwriter. "Today’s funeral was perfect."
He continued, "Having the service in the family chapel and attended by your brother and sister brought us all comfort. Having the service where Nan lived out her final days brought you and your Mother back together again," he recalled.
He said that her friends will gather on January 4th to celebrate her life. They will have a chance to say goodbye to Sheila accompanied by music chosen by her son.
"Tomorrow your friends will gather separately to say their good byes. I’ve chosen all the music so everything will be just right. Thank-you for bringing me into the world and for all that you have done for me.
Love, Elton #RIP."
John's heartfelt goodbye doesn't mention the fact that he and his mother were estranged for several years. The estrangement reportedly began in 2008 before reconciling in 2015.
Allegedly, they fell out when John asked his mother to cut off contact with two of their friends, Bob Halley and John Reid.
"I told him, 'I'm not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvelous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me,'" she told The Daily Telegraph two years ago. "Then to my utter amazement, he told me he hated me and he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!"
Fortunately, the mother and son were able to spend her last two years together. They made amends around the time of Farebrother's 90th birth. By February 2016, John publicly revealed that he was no longer at odds with his mother.
"Out of respect for my mother's privacy, I have always shied away from speaking publicly about our relationship," the singer told The Daily Mirror. "However, I can say that we are now back in touch and have been so since my mother's 90th birthday."
For Mother's Day in 2017, he tweeted, "So happy we are back in touch. Love, Elton, xo."
Please say a prayer for Elton John and his family as they mourn her loss. Despite their fallout, she clearly meant quite a lot to her singer son.