After the funeral Ellen was taken back to the sanitarium for the night. On Sunday she was taken on a bed out to their home, where she was joined by the members of the family who had attended the funeral. James's brother John was delighted with the place, but as for Ellen, she declared:
The light of my home had gone and henceforth I should love it for his sake who thought so much of it. It just met his taste. . . . But how canI ever regard it as I could if he had lived? (letter 9, 1881).