Tag: death

What is loss?

P asked me what the loss of a parent is like.

It is cutting trees by the river with your mum’s pruning saw and dropping it in the water, shouting ‘No! No! No!’ as you grab for it and can’t reach it and watch it sink into darkness away from you.

It is a sick … Read more

Death at our shoulder

Death seems to be having a feeding frenzy this year.  David Bowie, Caroline Aherne, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Victoria Lane, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels and Terry Wogan to name some.  These are the people and names I grew up with.  My mum loved Terry Wogan and he was the breakfast time voice, after Jimmy … Read more

Paris

Paris.

I feel so ill qualified to speak.

I’m not there but I know people who are.  It could have been our sons, our daughters in that concert, that football stadium, those bars.  They were someone’s sons and daughters, someone’s, mums, dads, friends.  And so were the killers.

How much hate has there got to … Read more