All of the children, and there were seven, had been denied access to their father. Not their choice, but one of an aging man, struggling with a painful past and complications of self-medication – alcohol! In fact his medical records declared, no family on record.
It was only in the last year, with a chance meeting [...]
The retirement village rarely had farewell ceremonies but Stan was such an active part of this relatively new community. He was responsible for either instigating or supporting numerous events that helped build a true camaraderie amongst the residents.
With Stan’s departure, Dot, his more fragile and private wife, wanted to honour him by preparing a farewell [...]
The laughter was so obvious. The elderly lady was sitting, engaged in a conversation with a much younger person, sharing a hot cuppa on a cold winter’s day… but so much more was going on!
I couldn’t help asking, was it the coffee, the setting, the age difference… that made this interaction work? Or was there [...]
“It just seems a thick fog is over me and I can hardly breath…” Have you ever uttered these words?
This young lady, at fourteen, had taken her own life. A moment in time that changed life’s course for two parents, three siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins… let alone a myriad of friends!
Nicholas was only 18 months and sitting innocently on his father’s knee, in the third row back from his great grandmother’s coffin. Something caught his attention and his simple chuckle increased in volume till everyone in this intimate occasion couldn’t help but pause, turn and smile.
He’d managed to get everyone’s attention and unintentionally reminded everyone [...]