She is later buried in the family grave in
Vimmerby and Astrid Lindgren is once again
reunited with her parents, Samuel August and
After spending Christmas with the family in
2001, Astrid gets sick with influenza and never
fully recovers. On 28th January 2002 she passes
away quietly in her home. The funeral is held on
8th March – International Women’s Day. The
streets of Stockholm are crowded with
thousands of people following the cortege from
Adolf Fredrik’s Church (where the immediate
family take their farewells) to the Great Church
in the Old Town where the official part of the
funeral is held. The funeral service is attended
by the Royal Family and an obituary is read by
the Prime Minister.
Astrid may not have climbed any trees during the
last years of her life, but she was certainly a keen
tree-climber well into her ripe old age. And the
playfulness stayed with her throughout her life.
The three sisters from Näs kept almost daily
contact right up to the end.
Even in her old age, Astrid was outgoing and
friendly – her warm humour never ceasing.
During her final years, Astrid made fewer and
fewer public appearances, and after her 90th
birthday virtually withdrew altogether.
In 1998, at the age of 91, Astrid Lindgren suffers
a stroke and she finds it increasingly difficult to
get around. She no longer participates in public
events, but continues to go for walks in
Vasaparken and she still spends her summers in
Furusund, in the Stockholm archipelago. She
progressively loses both sight and hearing, but
she never loses her sense of humour. When
asked what she would like for her 94th birthday,
she says: “Peace on earth and some nice
clothes”. She is pictured here with Crown
Princess Victoria during the ceremony at
Junibacken where she received the award,
“Worldwide Swede of the Year” (1997).