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One Year On

From: Sharon
Category: Message
Date: 02 Jan 2005
Time: 09:39:20 -0000
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The children and I were away for Christmas staying with our dear friends Jenny and Tony and their family at their villa in Spain. It helped ease the pain of spending our first Christmas without Ian. The sun shone and we were able to relax and spend time with people we love and care about, often reflecting on past Christmas's and the fun we have all shared. On the anniversary of Ian's death we took a drive out into the mountains and had a quiet lunch at a restaurant perched high above the sea, the views were spectacular and Ian would have loved it. Tony made a simple toast to Ian and we all raised our glasses - although Ian would have been impressed by the views I'm not sure he would have felt the same about the wine!! I must confess I had been dreading the day for many months but when it came thanks to being with people who understand and share in the grief we feel it was fine. We were home in time for New Year which we spent at Julie's surrounded by old friends and all the children. We had a lovely evening the house was filled with love and laughter, I felt such a strong sense of togetherness and unity it was so very special. The last year has been extremely hard for us all. The profound loss of Ian is still acute and on some days feels as intense as in those early months, but things do change. On some days I do find myself feeling stronger, the pain doesn't go away but somehow you feel more able to deal with it. Alot of this is down to the help and support of others. The children have been incredible, their strength and courage is amazing, Ian would be so very proud as am I. Laura's boyfriend Rich has also been a tower of strength to her and a delight to have around for Will and I. He has been supportive and sensitive at all times, thanks for this Rich. I would also like to say a big thank you to those people who remembered Ian, the children and I over the Christmas period and the date of Ian's death, I can't tell you how much this helps and comforts us. Special thanks to Jen and Tony, Julie, Kim and Gary, Rudi Lamprecht, Svante, Noel Algar and family and everyone else who sent cards and messages. The world is a bigger place for us now without Ian in it but all of our wonderful friends and family help us to cope with this and so many things that are difficult to deal with. Thank you! Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and happy 2005. With love Sharon, Laura and Will

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