Lighting a Candle for Diddley (and for Peter)
Lighting a Candle
Bereavement can be an ongoing issue that never really goes away. How you deal with it is very individual and can affect the rest of your days. We soon realised that we needed to fill the void created by our loss. And we have, to some extent, with Mindfully Bertie. Over 300 stories all ending with Lighting a Candle for Diddley.
The first posted five years ago by Tim, our canal boat friend and Technical Director. It is far more than bereavement therapy now, but still retains that element. For the most part a celebration of what we had and what we still do have. A positive attitude to what life can offer you, despite the heartbreaks along the way.
And we can only express our gratitude that along the way we found Al-Anon and many true friends. Friends like Anna and Peter. Most days we still open that card and read those words written in Diddley’s inimitable style.
We are doing our best, Diddley. You were beautiful, wonderful, lovely, awful, terrible. All in just five minutes. That’s why we and many others loved you. And still do. (There are many tributes to her within the blog. Just type Diddley in search). And remember –
(Written by the River Wandle at Merton Abbey Mills on our way to St George’s).
Diddley’s favourite singer together with Bobby’s favourite lady singer from a long time ago.
Lighting a Candle for Peter
Peter was our true friend, and a great supporter of Mindfully Bertie. He fell victim to unexpected illness and passed on well before his time. Our thoughts and our hearts go out to his partner Anna and sister Pam at this very sad time.
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