My last blog was particularly sad. It was written with tears in my eyes.
For both my own benefit, and perhaps yours, I wanted to follow it with something brighter.
We all know that a crisis is the true measure of any friendship, and what is clear from our experience is that we have some strong friendships and some amazing friends. This post is for you. It’s a small thank you, for everything that you all did for us.
People really did step up to the mark, in so many different, varied ways.
Firstly, we have received messages, cards, and tokens of people’s thoughts throughout our whole, traumatic experience. Sometimes this has been a simple text or email, but on other occasions, it has been a handmade card or personalised gift, more thoughtful that I’d ever imagine.
Friends have dropped their plans to be here for us, when we need them. They have given readings, or presided over funeral services, without the blink of an eye. They have travelled to see us from the length and breadth of the country.
Work colleagues have sent words of support and encouragement, they’ve given generous gifts, and they have raised money for charities that are now close to our hearts.
My managers have been supportive, considerate and understanding at all times. They’ve helped me come back to work and have understood why I have not always been on top form. They never rushed me back, nor bothered me about trivia and minutiae.
People – including those we do and don’t know – have taken the time to reach out to us, and to share their experiences, to show us we are not alone. They’ve offered support and guidance, but have never told us how to feel or what to do.
Our families have been rocks – offering all the support we could ever ask for, and much more.
Neighbours have done things like take in parcels, water plants, and general keep things going, when we have been unable to think about this.
Nursing and medical staff have gone the extra mile to give us care beyond which we could have ever imagined.
These are just some of the small examples of the kindness we have experienced over the last few months. We are grateful for every single one of them.
So thank you, everyone, for everything.
All our love.