These photographs are from a trip to Paris that I and Emma made in May 2013. I was sneaking photographs without Emma’s knowledge as she dozed on the grass, but the reaction when she realised I was standing over her, was a good one.
If you are on this website, you probably know what it is for. There’s some more information here. In the next few days I’ll add things from Emma’s memorial event, taking place on Monday 30th September at Bolton Abbey. I hope that over the coming days, weeks and months, lots of people will find something that they’d like to share here. Emma’s life was so rich, she knew and loved so many people, I hope this website will become a place that those people can use to share and reflect on her life.
This is a message Emma added to my Prayer 2.0 project, back in 2007:
I have a massive wish inside me. A really massive wish. It’s a good, happy wish. Thinking about it makes my belly feel full of stars.
There’s no point praying to non existent God to help with my wish. But *you* might be able to send a portion of positive energy into the ether which maybe, just possibly, could give my wish a push in the right direction.
Go on. Do it. Close your eyes. Count to three. Open your eyes and blow your will into my wish.
And for now, my final contribution, my prayer to Emma.
To my beautiful and much loved big sister. You were the best. You made my life infinitely richer. I’ll never forget what you did for me. Your words – as ‘seren dip’ – from Prayer 2.0 will zip around the internet for years to come.
You were passionate about educating people about mental health issues, the very same issues that contributed to your decision to take your own life.
So, I pray that anyone reading this message who suffers from mental health problems gets the solace they need to see a brighter day in the future. I pray that anyone who is in a position to help somebody suffering does so. I pray that all those people who knew Emma in her life, remember how vivacious she was, remember how clever she was, remember how passionate and pure-in-thought she was.. and continue their lives in the vain she lived hers. I know I will.
Overflowing with love for you.