Little Parndon parents opens memory garden at school

ON THURSDAY afternoon, Simon Rowell gathered family and friends in the playground of Little Parndon primary school to open a new memory garden.

Simon’s story is as follows:

“At the end of December 2017 having spent a week that included Christmas Day in hospital my wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Joy.

It was one of the best days of our lives and we couldn’t wait to introduce her to her six-year-old big brother. An hour later everything had changed as Libby’s sudden and unexpected passing left us unable to understand what had happened or what we could tell our family and especially our son who had been so excited that he was getting a sister for Christmas.

“A week later our son had to return to school while struggling to understand why the baby sister he had been expecting was not with us. During the first few weeks he received help at school and asked questions in a way only he could.

Sometimes we would just sit and think about Libby and talk about whatever he wanted. Now we are looking to help other children who have lost loved ones and need somewhere to sit, think and eventually talk.

We decided to try and build a memory garden within the school so that children who have lost someone or who find life difficult have somewhere calm to think, take time out and work out how to deal with what they are feeling. In the garden is a letter box where the children can post letters to those that they have lost and provide a connection to family, friends or even pets that they miss and can no longer talk to.

Thanks to some truly amazing people, what started out as a rough idea on the back of a post-it over a cup of tea has now been made real. This leaves a permanent reminder for all of us that Libby was loved and will continue to do good things in this world long into the future.

A film of the opening is below.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/memorygarden

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