Swimming through Grief

I GRIEVE THEREFORE I SWIM …. I have always enjoyed a good swim whether in a pool or open water. But since Josh died I have taken to swimming with added enthusiasm – especially wild swimming.   I’m going to try and tell you why I find swimming such an important component of my grief […]

A GOOD GRIEF STORY – saying goodbye or saying hello again

A GOOD GRIEF STORY – saying goodbye or saying hello again While constantly looking for the positive, for the hopeful, for good things to happen as a result of tragedy we are always reminded of that tragedy. It’s always there. We cannot escape the fact that our child has died. And we cannot move away […]

Granny’s funeral – un oeufs an oeuf

“What’s the best thing that women have compared to men?” “Nipples that work!” My mum Emily had a  weird and wacky sense of humour and my brother Ned was first up at her funeral to reveal it.  Within minutes of starting his eulogy he had recounted an early joke of Emily’s that set the tone for an  evening of […]

Lost loves

Josh’s death has inevitably resurrected memories of past losses, of other tragedies, of other deaths.  As part of remembering and honouring Josh I also want to remember them.  Over the past few days I have been giving quite a lot of thought to two friends in particular.  Gillian Burnett was a girlfriend of mine who died […]