Okay, I have to explain this one – Robins for Rosie, Rocks for Rosie, MagsBags, all the things people are organising and making and doing for TKOE. This is The Knock on Effect in action. Which, of course, makes us all think of Rosie.
Each morning, Peter who runs the Forget Me Not hospice, says hello to Rosie as he passes her tribute; I was so grateful he shared that with us; each morning I shout hello as I pass the church.
Which makes me think how relieved she’d have been that we aren’t forgetting her. Many early hours of the morning conversations with her, were about how sad she was about missing things and how she would be forgotten. And no matter how much we reassured her, because we’d never experienced anything like this, we couldn’t actually say, apart from a few things, how we’d all keep remembering her.
Then yesterday, I read an article about grief and bereavement rituals – there’s an event in London this weekend about Death, which actually I’d quite like to have gone to now I think about it . Not in a macabre way at all- and that all got me thinking as well.
And then this morning, it came to me that it would have been so reassuring for Rosie if she could have read with us, either on line or in a book, about all the ways people keep remembering people who have died. You have to create your own traditions, I suppose, but she’d have liked that too.
So I think we’re going to have a go at doing that. Creating something which other people could use. At 3.00am when things feel bleak. Or 10.00am when things feel less bleak. There are books and things which already exist, we know that. But I think there’s room for more, in more of a Rosie style.
We’ve got a really good start because of all the thoughts and things you do, that you have been sharing with us. But if you’ve got any other things, let us know.
Photos of MagsBags tomorrow. 🙂