We have received these words from Claire Gale (Claire is mum to one of Josh’s best friends Holly – pictured)
Through your unselfish, unbounded and open love for your son, your brother, you have allowed our sons and daughters to learn to grieve openly. To touch Josh, to talk, to be close to you, to be included and have a say, and we thank you for that.
Through your extraordinary creativity, your shared expression of your loss, you have brought life into death, death into life, with honesty and openness.
Through new ways, words, messages, they learn things will never be the same. Time is not a healer, they just miss him more and there is no meaning to what has happened to you all. And they, you, we, try to live around that.
Through your sensitivity, your care, your inclusion, your open arms, you allow new friendships, deeper love and a safety in knowing that it is ok not to be ok.
Through your grief we see you. Who you were, who you are, and now we begin to understand that your beautiful son was so special and wonderful and loved by so many because of you. And so, we must continue to love, express and create for you and him, and us and them.