This day five years ago a small boy from our village was laid to rest having lost a short battle with unexpected illness. He’d been flown to England in the hope his life would be saved. Unfortunately it was not to be. Five years ago, on October 16th, his amazing mum and dad kissed him … More His name was Ben.
How long do we grieve? Is there a time before we are ‘over it,’ or a length of time which is appropriate to show your grief? It’s easy to say, ‘of course not,’ but the reality is most people can only support or understand grief for a short time. Today is graduation day for Daniel’s … More Another milestone.
Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of celebration and remembrance to many around the world. So with that in mind, and because I missed organ donation awareness week, I’d like to repost this in order to celebrate and remember a very special boy Ben, and his brave family. Ben has not been forgotten by so … More Celebrating Easter, Remembering Ben.
Sometimes for no apparent reason a memory comes roaring back, interrupting thoughts and breaking your heart all over again. Today, while making dinner, grief came calling just as it did a few years ago when I first wrote this. Grief is a lifetime of pain, sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden but always there. Tonight the families … More They say nothing lasts forever… Grief does.
Some of you may remember my writing previously about young Ben? He was a beautiful, handsome, lively six year old who became ill and passed away within the space of two weeks. Because of the bravery and selflessness of Ben’s parents who agreed to donate his organs, the lives of other children were saved. While … More A shout out and a favour to ask.
This day two years ago a family said goodbye to a beautiful six year old boy and bravely agreed to donate his organs. Today I would like to remember small Ben here on my blog and let his family know they are very much in our thoughts. I wrote this post last year and to … More Remembering Ben.
I’d rarely ask for anything like this, but there is only twenty four hours left. Some of you may remember a post I did last year about an amazing man called Pa Curran who lost his best friend in an accident. His friends organs were donated and as Pa heard the helicopter fly away, carrying … More Good people deserve good things. Please help.
If you ever want to know what courage looks like watch this. You will see courage in the faces of these parents, and you will hear it in their voices. This is the story of a young Irish boy called Ben,aged 6 years, who received the Irish Heart Foundations ‘Child of courage’ Award today. I … More Ben Canty, ‘Child of courage 2014’
A year ago today a heartbroken mother and father kissed their small boy goodbye forever. He was six years old. A year ago today other mothers and fathers kissed their sick children goodbye. Hours later these children returned to their parents, having received young Bens organs. No longer sick. With the potential of a long … More Young Ben we salute you.
Tonight I have no words. It’s all in the video. If you watch it you will see those who have lived, because of organ donors, and you will see the pictures and families of those who gave the ultimate gift to save a life. Unintentional Hero is a beautiful song, written by Pa Curran to … More Have you had the conversation?