Saturday, September 10, 2011


A little over a fortnight ago we had to make a trip to London for the heartbreaking task of organising a funeral and attending to the affairs of my beloved brother-in-law. As grief is not a spectator sport, I prefer not to write about it here, but I did want to say something about kindness.

Walking to St Paul's

During our two weeks in London, I was often overwhelmed by the kindness shown to us by virtual strangers – friends of my brother-in-law, who opened their homes to us and provided practical and emotional support during that confusing, sad and exhausting time. 

It is perhaps a reflection on the sort of person that he was, that his friends are such good people.  I am glad I got to meet so many of them and I will always be grateful for their kindness.

Be good to each other.


G in Berlin said...

I am very sorry for your loss and that of your family. Peace be with you.

Helen said...

@G - thank you for your condolences, they are much appreciated.

Kate said...

Ah, Helen. So sad that you lost a beloved friend and relative. Thanks for sharing your sorrow is such a sensitive way!

Helen said...

@Kate - thanks for the kind words.