Magic Moments – 31/05/2015

This isn’t my usually jolly post I am afraid as it has been a very emotional week for our family.  Sadly my brother-in-law passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning having bravely fought a battle that he never had a chance of winning.  The photo I have chosen is of Harry and his Uncle together. It was taken just before Al was diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant brain tumour.  I am sad that this is the only one he will have of him but to take any after this moment felt too contrived.

We never heard him complain about his situation nor show how much pain he was in when the terrible disease took over.  He was inspirational in the way that he showed such strength to squeeze out every last precious minute with his family.  And his wife (my sister) and his two teenage children were remarkable in the way they supported each other through this very difficult time.  I am in awe of their courage and compassion.

Watching him deteriorate has been cruel.  It is comforting to know he is no longer in pain.  And even though we knew it was coming it was still a massive shock when it did.  He was very much-loved and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.  RIP Al.

Harry and Uncle Al

A precious moment


Harry’s Honest Mummy x



  1. May 31, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Oh my, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you can all find strength together xxx #myweekataglance

    • May 31, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you. See you next week. Should be a bit more upbeat and somewhere back to myself. Have a good week x

  2. May 31, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Sending love and hugs! So sorry for your loss x

  3. May 31, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I am so sorry to read this, but I you are lucky to have a gorgeous photo like that to keep the memories alive. Hope you can feel a little more normal again next week xx

  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 31, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Cancer is such an awful disease and it is so common now, it’s frightening. The photo is a beautiful memory. #myweekataglance xx

    • June 1, 2015 / 6:34 am

      Thank you. You are absolutely right. Precious moment deserves a smile like that. Thanks for commenting x

  5. June 1, 2015 / 10:50 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, what a beautiful pic of them together that will be cherished. xx

    • June 1, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks Kate. You are right. It will go in a frame in his room. Thank you for your kind words x

  6. June 1, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great man and first class uncle. 🙂

  7. Katy (What Katy Said)
    June 5, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    So sorry to hear this, too many brilliant people are lost this way. He sounds like a fab uncle and you can tell Harry all about him as he grows up. x

    • June 5, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments Katy. He really was a great guy. I have known him 25 years so there are lots of happy memories and pranks he pulled I can tell Harry when he is older. Hopefully they won’t give him any ideas 🙂 x

  8. Hannah | Make, Do & Push!
    June 6, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss 🙁 Lots of love.

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xxx

    • June 6, 2015 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks Hannah. Harry has been a nice distraction and he seems to pull it out of the bag when he knows you aren’t feeling great. They say they know don’t they (whoever “They” are!).

  9. June 7, 2015 / 5:47 am

    I know I’ve already said this via twitter, but again, I’m so sorry for your loss. That is a lovely photo of the two of them together, and it will be something for you to show Harry when he’s older. xx #myweekataglance

    • June 7, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Blogging community have said some lovely things. Can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. X

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