Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Children and funerals

I was on the BBC Sussex radio last week talking about children going to funerals - the question was put to me whether they should be allowed to go or not.

Half the country seems to be talking about this since it became a subject of conversation on the Archers.

 I said of course they should. Children have a right to say goodbye to the person who has died, they have a natural acceptance of death if they haven't been influenced by the adults surrounding them.

Of course you cannot force children to go if they don't want to - but should allow them if they do

 I said we cannot protect our children from losing people they love but we can protect them from the complications that will arise if they are not able to say goodbye.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


Ten days into 2011 and I have celebrated a 21st birthday party, a 60th birthday party and Dawn's return  to her family.
 All causes to rejoice.
 At each occasion I have felt unusually emotional.
Perhaps as I witness more and more sorrow and loss it makes me appreciate the happy  and joyful moments more. 
We should not forget to celebrate the happy occasions, make the most out of each and every one of them.
So we can retrieve those precious memories when we need them.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Year new journeys

A New Year.

365 new journeys ahead.

We don't know where this year will take us, and perhaps it is better that way.

Some of us will have a different voyage and won't be here to celebrate the beginning of the next year.

Wherever your journey takes you,  I hope that it is one that is accompanied by people that you love and people that love you.