Friday, 15 July 2016

Unbearable sadness .... and moments of joy.

The eight siblings of my brother Stephen, together with his wife (Angela), his children (Lee and Nicola), and his grandchildren (Reece, Ebony, Thea, Luna and Ryan) are overwhelmed with grief at his sudden and unexpected death at aged 63.

I speak for myself (and most likely for other family members)  when I confess that I cannot control the tears.  It is simply awful when I think about Steve, and know that I will never see him and enjoy him again.  Life never prepared me for the death of a younger brother or for grieving  with his marvelous wife Angela, and their two children and five grandchildren.

And yet...  there were moments of happiness when I was in Bristol, U.K. for Steve's funeral.  That happiness rested in those good moments I had with my sibs and their spouses, and especially with two of  my great nieces and one great nephew.

(I have nineteen nieces/nephews and twenty one great nieces/nephews).

Luna (l) Aurora (r) their Mum is my niece Leah.

Luna (l) Aurora (r) their Mum is my niece Leah.

Bree (her Mum is my niece Leah)

Ryan.  His Mum is my niece Nicola.  Grandson to Steve and Angela

Ryan and his great-uncle
Not forgetting Purdy.  She belongs to my niece Laura.

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