O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I started this blog in October 2010, with no particular theme in mind, and set off by having fun, usually writing light-hearted, some might say silly, posts about whatever took my fancy at the time.

11 months later, in September 2011, my younger brother John, aged 33, died suddenly (in his sleep – reason unknown) and suddenly my life, and my blog, were difficult to get my head around. Light-heartedness was miles away from my mind for many, many months.

At that time, all I could write about was my feelings on losing my beloved brother. I didn’t care to read or hear about anything else, other than other people who had experienced something similar – the shock and grief experienced at a sudden death, and/or the death of a sibling.

So, dear reader, if you found yourself at this page, or on this blog because you are in that situation, my heart goes out to you. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I hope that it might be a very small help to read someone else’s thoughts and feelings on losing a much loved brother. Therefore, on this page are links to any posts I’ve written about the loss of my brother, from right after his death, to posts 3 years later, and any that mention my experience of grief.

For you, John.


John, probably about 15 yrs old

John, probably about 15 yrs old

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

And where do we go from here?

Even the lino makes me think of you

Just 3 weeks ago

In-between days

Life, in sums

The Kick Inside

Picture of You

Why my brother died – we may never know

It’s Like That, And That’s The Way It Is

The above posts were pretty much, in chronological order, each post I wrote from the time of his death, until I was finally able to manage to write about about something else some months later.

The following posts about grief have popped up since that time….

Where’s Your Head At?

We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live

Everyday we’re shuffling

…and even more recently…

You Always Take The Weather With You

3 Days, 3 Phone calls

Random Access Memory

3 Days (remembering John)

One Will Die Before He Gets There

X Will Mark the Place

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