A Tribute.

feather colourI know this seems like a slightly sombre post to write in the build upto Christmas, but bear with me.

I was going to write a post about our recent holiday to Brazil and it seemed wrong posting about this without mentioning the loss of my incredibly talented and loving cousin Jonray who recently lost his battle with skin cancer and passed away at the young age of 32. He was one of the youngest Michelin chefs in the world, an incredible father, loving husband and I could not have wished for a more inspiring man to proudly call my cousin.

You never truly understand the pain people feel when they tell you they have lost a loved one until you have felt the pain yourself. Before the beginning of this year I had never lost anyone very close to me and this year we have lost my beloved Pops, beautiful cousin Jonray and Matt’s wonderful Grandad John. I just wanted to write this post to remind anyone who was has lost someone that they are strong and to let them know that it will be ok. Family and friends will get you through the darkest of times and there will come a day when you will be able to feel those you have lost again.

I found a quote after Jonray passed away which now makes perfect sense, “You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”

I hope this will help others the same way it helped me.

Jonray taught me that life is a gift not to be wasted and I intend to make him and my Pops proud. Christmas is a beautiful time of year which unites families and friends, make the most of every second. If you would like to donate to Jonrays just giving page in aid of Cancer Research UK then please click here.