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The funeral was held on 7 July in St Swithuns, East Grinstead, the same church as we were married in 2 years ago, and by the curate who baptised Owen 5 weeks before.  The church was packed with our friends and family who were all given a card printed with Owen’s photo and 2 poems, A Child Loaned which Nic read and Remember Me which was read by my father.  We sang All Things Bright and Beautiful which we had at our wedding.   After the short service 7 of us went off for a family burial at the nearby Cemetery, sending off balloons just like the poem Remember Me.  The Cemetery is a 10 minute walk from home so we can visit often.

 Afterwards we joined our friends and family in a private room at the local pub and we were able to be with all the people who had given us so much love and support in our troubled times.



A Child Loaned


“I’ll lend you for a little time
A child of Mine”. He said.
“For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three
But will you, till I call him back
Take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want the child to learn.

I’ve looked this wide world over
In my search for teacher’s true,
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected you;
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to call
And take him back again?”
I fancied that I heard them say,

“Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”


Remember Me


Please dry all your tears, I know you’ll miss me so,
If it had been up to me, I’d never have chosen to go.
I know you all miss me, and it’s painful but it’s true
I wish I could have stayed on earth, and lived down there with you.
Please find a way to celebrate, even if you cry
Send me up some big balloons, soaring through the sky.
I love you all every day, I send you kisses too
One day you’ll all join me, then I’ll always be with you.
Until then remember me, I’ll miss you every day.
Mum, Dad, everyone, I’m in your hearts to stay.