Saying Goodbye

We travelled to Bristol to say goodbye to a dear old friend this week.

Liz did a huge service to our family. Sometime after my Mum died in 1984, Dad met Liz and they became and stayed good friends. My Dad was not always easy to get along with, indeed after Mum died, he and I were very distant for several years. Liz was instrumental in encouraging Dad to get back in touch, which he did, and over time we sorted out our differences, and he became a much-loved father again, and grandfather too. You never know how life is going to pan out, but I remain very grateful for what Liz did for us.

Liz became good friends with Carole and me too, and when Keira was growing up, Liz was like a Grandma to her and her cousins. Always kind and supportive, the kind of person Keira genuinely looked forward to spending time with. I’m glad we had the opportunity, along with her family and friends, to pay our respects this week.

I’ve been reflecting on how fortunate we were to have Liz in our lives, and this week’s free art drop is a memorial piece. Liz was a keen gardener and this woodland guardian is a nod to her love of plants and flowers.

Author: Doug Shaw

Artist and Consultant. Embracing uncertainty, sketching myself into existence. Helping people do things differently, through an artistic lens.

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