For Little Ivan Cameron!  

Friday, 27 February 2009


The sad loss of David Cameron’s six year old son Ivan has been all over the news and papers since he passed away on Wednesday morning. When I hear something like this I just feel sick, panicky almost. And I guess it’s just because I know what the family has to go through.

Before Aaron passed away, I was always saddened on hearing of someone passing, especially when that person was a child, but I know I didn’t feel it as deeply as I do now.

When Aaron passed away, we were touched, and even surprised by the amount of support we had, and support from strangers too, friends of friends, or people we hardly knew. So many people who had also experienced losing a child were offering their support. It moved us beyond words.

It all makes sense to me now. As a parent who has lost a child, I feel the pain of parents like David and Samantha Cameron. I want to reach out and say something to ease their pain, which is even more bizarre in a way, because, I know for a fact that nothing anyone says at the moment will ease that pain.

I guess all I know is, that although losing a child is the hardest thing they will ever have to go through in their entire lives, it is something they can survive, even though it may not seem like it now. And no, time will not heal, but it will bring them acceptance. They have to accept that their lives will be different, and that their time with their son no less precious just because he is not physically with them now.

I know their will be some feelings of guilt at whether they did enough, gave their son a happy enough life, some anger at the loss, anger that everything else, and everyone else seems to be carrying on a normal life, and certainly some numbness at times, because I think that’s how the body copes, you can’t possibly feel it all at once, because your heart and mind could never take it.

They are now also realising that their loss is a very physical pain, that is something I never knew before, I never knew that the pain in your heart is real, tangible, I always imagined that it was an emotional pain only.


What they will learn with time though, is that their lives have to carry on and grow around the memory of their son. For a long time I felt that in letting go of all the grief and the anger, I was somehow letting go of Aaron. But I know that would be making him crazy as he watched me struggle with that. So all the love and memory, all the special stuff, is all there, life has just grown around it making it less of a focus for us all. I will miss Aaron every minute of every day, I will ache for him at times, I will cry and rant at times too. But I would never go back and change a minute; I can never regret the amazing adventure of our lives together. David, Samantha and their children too will realise this in time, and I hope they get there soon. But grief is not something you can time, or put conditions on, there are no rules, no rights and wrongs.

I have no regrets, and I'm sure Aaron is as proud of us as we are of him. I hope the Camerons' feel the same.

Sleep tight little angel, god bless!

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5 comments: to “ For Little Ivan Cameron!

  • Anonymous
    27 February 2009 at 11:38  

    I loved the article and thought you handled the subject matter with sensitive thoughts. I hope that any person going through this situation can get strength from your article.

    Please continue to keep up the good work.

  • taitle
    27 February 2009 at 13:07  

    Very sensitive - thanks your article really touched me.

    Losing a child is horrible - it is a terrible sadness no parent should suffer and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.

    :(

  • The Me/ The Wife/ The Mom
    27 February 2009 at 14:14  

    Sally, I am so sorry for both the
    Cameron's loss and yours. You wrote of your experience beautifully. Your well expressed compassion is a gift.

  • RileyScott
    27 February 2009 at 15:04  

    I am sorry for your loss Sally. Sharing your personal experience with such grace and compassion for another is truly wonderful. I hope that the Camerons find some comfort is yours and others words.

  • ♥ashley
    28 February 2009 at 04:08  

    This blog is amazing. Keep it up. I'm following it now.
    Wanna check out mine??
    www.givemeorangesodaorgivemedeath.blogspot.com

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