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An interview about Elaine's illness, death and our family's recovery

An interview about Elaine's illness, death and our family's recovery

I was recently invited to speak at the Village Church in Emerson's Green in Bristol about how I had coped with Elaine's illness and death.  It is by far the most extensive reflection I have done on this time in our lives, including the year following her death.  I hope it will bless you if you choose to listen. Interview with Neil at Village Church, October 2016 The questions asked are...
A Video of Elaine's Thanksgiving Service

A Video of Elaine's Thanksgiving Service

It is nine weeks since Elaine died and went home to be with Jesus.  So much has changed for me and the boys since then.  Isaac has started secondary school.  Oscar has celebrated his 10th birthday.  All of us have had to get used to a new way of living without the woman we all loved the most.  But thanks to the grace of God and the hope we have in Jesus the laughter has ou...
Love is...

Love is...

A few people have asked if the sermon I preached on Saturday could be put on this site, so here it is. It was a joy to share this at the wedding of my friends, Ken and Anna.  They chose Paul's great words about love from 1 Corinthians, chapter 13. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-se...
How are you doing?

How are you doing?

It is one month since Elaine died and went home to be with Jesus.   On August 14th, the boys and I all lost the woman we loved the most.  We were by her side as she took her final breaths and left this world to go to a far better place.   With a bereavement that significant, standard grief is estimated to last three to four years.  At the end of that time, most people find ...
Celebration of Elaine's Life: Final Arrangements for 25th August

Celebration of Elaine's Life: Final Arrangements for 25th August

Thanks... Thank you to all of you who have shown so much kindness to me and the boys since Elaine died.  All the messages of support have been read and appreciated, often through tears. It is clear how special Elaine was to so many people. People often ask how me and the boys are doing.  It is a hard question to answer.  Nothing is normal.  But it is certainly true ...