Saying Goodbye

24 Apr

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How can I write about Sunday and Monday? The emotions over the last few days have run the full gamut and on Monday night, Simon and I collapsed into bed completely drained. Only a fraction of what Nicole and Peter must have felt. Sunday was a beautiful celebration of Jack with photos and videos, music and prose and Monday was the more formal but equally beautiful Greek Orthodox service with the burial at the cemetery.

How to write about any of it? Seeing Jack’s casket. Nicole’s tears. The huge number of people there to support and grieve. Watching the casket go into the ground. Releasing blue, orange and teal balloons  – Diego colours of course and teal for Batten. Feeling heartbroken for Nicole . And for us. Knowing what is to come.

Words are completely useless at this time. The only thing I can do is wrap my arms around Nicole as much as I can and be here for the next bit of the journey which is the complete unknown. What to do now?

Thank you for all the lovely messages of condolence, it is very much appreciated.

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10 Responses to “Saying Goodbye”

  1. jo April 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Beautiful friend, you are amazing. just sending heaps of love your way XXX

  2. Ruth Magree April 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    So sorry to hear Laura 😦 Very sad news xx

  3. Jennifer Medley April 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Beautiful Jack, so sad. Praying for Nicole and Peter, and for your family and Tilda.

  4. Eleanor April 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    We’re thinking of you all and Jack’s family, so sad but touched by your words and the amazing acts of love described in the midst of the heartbreak. Lots of love, El & Al xxx

  5. Juliet April 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    My thoughts and love go out to all of you.

  6. mardi April 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    What a beautiful brave little boy, gosh the world is cruel sometimes isn’t it?
    Sending you all big hugs xo m

  7. Adam & chez April 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Can’t imagine what you guys must feel, let alone Jacks parents. I’m sure they appreciate your support and strength, you are part of a very unique community together and luckily are all such strong people. RIP Jack

  8. Anne Bunting April 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Words certainly do feel useless – all we can do is send you our love and hope it gives you some comfort. Love always Anne

  9. cally berryman April 26, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    A child’s death shakes me to the core, so unfair, Jack may have lived only a short time but the impact of his life huge. Much love Cally xx

  10. Ann Falster April 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Hello Laura, It was very sad to read about little Jack. Funerals are always sad but losing such a young person must be very hard and it would only be natural to think of Tilda at that time.

    I just wanted to say it was nice to catch up with you, to meet Simon, Tilda and Maggie. A very happy celebration. Take care. love Ann

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