Lesley here. This special poem for grief was written by Jamie about the experience of losing his Grandad, when he was 12. He read it out at the Celebration of Life that we held for my father who had died very suddenly.
When my Dad died, one of the most difficult things we had to do was to explain to his grandchildren what had happened. We are lucky that we live near the beach, and my brother, my mother and myself decided to pick up the teenaged children, my nephew Jamie (12) and his sister (14) and go for a walk with them.
Walking along the beach, none of us really knew what to say, how to start. Then Jamie started drawing shapes with a stick in the sand. I don't know where the idea came from, but I said to Jamie, why don't we write Grandad's name in the sand, and then as the waves wash away his name, we can say goodbye.
It was a moving
tribute, and will always be a very special memory for our family. Jamie
then went home and wrote this poem about the experience. We are so
proud of him, and his strength in reading it out at the celebration of
Dad's life. We are also very proud of Jamie's sister and my brother's
new stepson who also read at the ceremony. Thank you guys, your
Grandad would have been so pleased and proud of you all.
This will be our family's all time favourite poem for grief, which has more meaning than any poem written by Keats, Wordsworth or any of the greats! I even have a tear in my eye now as I write these words. But as we said to the children, a good cry is worth a five pound note, you feel much better afterwards.
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