Remembering Rosie

12 Sep

So, it’s one year then. One incredibly long year, which in reality  has flashed past. One year since we heard Rosie’s thoughts and dreams; one year since we saw her face and wondered what colour her hair would be next, what outrageous set of clothes she’d put on, which no one else would think of mixing together; one year since we felt her next to us .

We’ve all remembered Rosie during the year, in our own way. Her courage, her fiestyness, her straight talking, how funny she was. We have even remembered the irritating things – the messiness, the drama over the slightest thing, the bloody mindedness. Because we miss all of that too.

And we’ve remembered what she stood for. What she did has spurred so many of us on to do things we would previously have been frightened of or thought we couldn’t do. Remembering that she faced, head on, our biggest fear, and stayed true to herself.

So today, we’re remembering you especially, Rosie. We promised you we wouldn’t forget you. How could we? You are still here in our thoughts and through the memories we’ve got. We often think about what you’d have said or done about different things. And although we’re sad, we laugh a lot too. You’re certainly still part of our family, and always will be.

As one way of adding to the cause but to help more people remember Rosie, on the site from today, you can buy A Poem for Rosie by poet Tony Walsh, aka Longfella Poet . As well as buying the CD version with the words, you also get access to a video made by Mike Arnold, TKOE Chief Designer. The poem remembers Rosie and was created by Tony after Rosie had died, using memories that friends, family and blog readers sent in, plus Rosie’s own words of course. It’s fabulous and another way of remembering her.


We’re going to be a bit quiet today at first, but this evening, come rain or shine, some of us are gathering together to have a random picnic and lanterns, just remembering Rosie, with warmth and happiness.

This time last year we said thank you to all of you for the support, wise words and just being there for Rosie. This year we say the same to you for supporting us. It’s been a real Team Kilburn effort getting through this year, but look what we’ve all done together. Thank you.

Jo, Chris, Cal and Sylvie xxxx


34 Responses to “Remembering Rosie”

  1. Celia Butler September 12, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    What a beautiful tribute. Rosie is remembered every day by so many people, but as always you’ve found the perfect way to mark this special day. Never forgotten, and Rosie’s knock on effect lives on loud and strong. Love to you all. xx

  2. margaret crisp September 12, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Nothing I can add ……. thinking of you all.

  3. hcork108 September 12, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    It really is hard to conceive of a year passing with someone not there.

    I think often about your family and about Rosie and how much you helped me that time when I called you, terrified, about my diagnosis.

    The whole time I was sick and read and re-read Rosie’s blog, often laughing, but a lot of the time with a profound sense of sadness.

    I look at the photo that you picked for the post and how beautiful your daughter was. I am and always will be deeply sorry for your loss and what Rosie experienced

    With love, Hannah (Cork)

  4. Andrea Clarke September 12, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Such a lovely tribute to a wonderful young woman, who I wish I had had the pleasure to meet.

    I hope that the picnic includes a winner, winner, chicken dinner!! 🙂
    Much love to all team Kilburn xx

  5. trudy robertson September 12, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Thinking of Ro and what has been achieved over the last year.we were at Newent school last night for year 11,12,13 achievement evening the first thing that was said was about Rosie and what she HAD achieved and WOULD of achieved,BUT when you think of The Knock on Effect that just says it all.

  6. micthemini September 12, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Thinking of you today. And what a lovely post, with lovely photos too.
    Take care, enjoy your picnic, I’m sure Rosie will be with you in spirit.
    Hugs, Mic – wearing my TKOE t-shirt, earrings, and odd socks at work, spreading the love 🙂

  7. Georgina September 12, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    As always Jo – you have captured in words what we are ALL feeling – Rosie will be remembered especially hard today by SO MANY PEOPLE. Her anniversary will be on calendars all over the place.

    Big love and hugs to you all – And well done Rosie’s family for coping so amazingly well and sharing so much with so many of us. xxxxxx

  8. Pip September 12, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    It’s funny, I haven’t looked at the blog for a while but this morning I woke up and my first thought was that I should remember to catch up, think there must be some telepathy going on here, thinking of you all and hope Cal is settling in okay bless him x

  9. Liz Kidd September 12, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Thinking of you all particularly today with kindest thoughts. XX

  10. SammyJ Powell September 12, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    What wonderful words and a perfect tribute to a fab lady. Enjoy being together today. What a strong family you are and what a worthy cause you have driven and brought into everyones lives.
    Take care.

    Much Love SammyJay.

  11. Sue Trevethan September 12, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Thinking of you all today and Roise a very unique girl xxxxx

  12. Lin September 12, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Wishing I could be there tonight, but will be thinking about you all.
    Lovely pictures btw ) 🙂
    Here if you need anything, lots of love xxxx

  13. Sammy Slatter September 12, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    It looks like its going too be a beautiful evening for a picnic!

    Thinking of you all today xx

  14. Caroline September 12, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Thinking of you all today. Rosie looks so beautiful in those photos. All my love. xxx

  15. zumbanatalie September 12, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Thank you for sharing the photos. Thinking of you and wish I could come tonight xxx

  16. Nicola Davies (@NicDaviesUley) September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    beautiful blog post and a great reminder for us all. Hope the writing really helps you all too. Will check out the poem now. and make sure I RT RT RT RT x

  17. miriammcclay September 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Remembering too.

  18. Sue HP September 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Love to you all from Southampton. Sue, Mark, Simon and Emily xx

  19. anita baker September 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    A super tribute to a fantastic person. Enjoy your reflection picnic, chicken dinner here tonight !!!!! Hugs to you all and may I just add, Rosie has done a fantastic job of keeping you busy running the website.

  20. Sue H September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Been thinking about Rosie today, memories, snippets of times past, remembering how she used to shamelessly raid my fridge to choose food for her and Gee to spirit away upstairs. The act of choosing seemed to involve opening every packet, jar, bottle and tub in the fridge and she had no qualms about expressing her disappointment if the tasty snack quota was below her expectations.
    Ro would always politely ask if she could take things, in such a way it was impossible to say no- “are you planning to use this chorizo?’ “are these prawns for anything special?” “do you need all this ham?”
    Another time we had relatives visiting and Rosie appeared round the door with the dreaded Trivial Pursuit in her hand and asked if we all wanted to play. Awkward silence but she held her smile until we agreed and it turned out to be great fun, she was fascinated by the family dynamic of playing games and always said how much she loved family stuff with her own relatives.
    Lots of happy memories, we’re so glad we knew her xx

  21. Steph September 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Lovely blog Jo x

  22. Sue, Evie, Gwen September 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    We are missing Rosie as much as ever.
    Beautiful photographs.
    Beautiful girl.

  23. Dave jones September 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Deeply touching blog. Thinking of you all

  24. Jackie Mash September 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Thinking of you all and sending our love, from the Mash Family x

  25. Liz September 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi team kilburn liz Ramsays wife here just to let you know my thoughts are with you today i send my love and thanks for your support on Monday ,our lives will never be the same again send my love to your mum and dad also ,xxxx

  26. Tony Walsh September 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Thinking of you all today. xx

  27. Jen Beetson September 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I watched a really beautiful dawn this morning as I had my coffee and I thought of Rosie and your long day ahead. Her spirit is as vivid as ever. xxx

  28. Jen Wells September 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Thinking of you all today, and so, so many memories of Rosie …. I smiled and smiled!

    What a wonderful girl.

  29. Helen & Harrie September 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow, where has the year gone……..
    Lovely words Jo, brought a little tear to my eye. Remembering a beautiful, courageous, funny, caring, inspiring, smiling Ro today but not only remembering Ro but thinking about her amazing, supportive family. Yes, You, Chris, Cal & Sylv. Love u guys, must come and see you soon. Keep a CD for me please xxxxx

  30. susan and sophie hughes September 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    thinking of you all

  31. JKS September 13, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Thinking of you today, and the beautiful soul that Rosie was and is!

  32. Sheena September 13, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Remembering Rosie today and always. Lovely photos of a lovely young lady. Hope your picnic went well. Thanks for being there on Monday.

  33. Alison Hall September 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Where did that year go. I just can’t believe how time has flown by, I hope you managed to spend the day as you wanted and do the things that needed to be done.

    Ali xx

  34. dawn September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Thankyou for your beautifully expressed thoughts Jo and the pics of Rosie are lovely :). The year has certainly flown by. I hope that a little togetherness later on in the day helped you all to cope with such a poignant day. I was thinking of you all. We still remember Rosie and her brilliance. x

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