When I wrote my book, Diary of a berreaved mother, it was to help new
bereaved mothers and to help myself. Every so often I meet newbies. I haven't
posted this you-tube for a while. and There is a certain mum in Christchurch I am
is a species of cherry native to Taiwan, widely grown as an ornamental tree, and a symbol of Nago, Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. It is variously known in English as the Taiwan cherry, Formosan cherry, or bellflower cherry.
used to mistake this for the Sakura cherry tree. They lined on both
sides of Balmoral road where I used to live before Andrew was born, and
later when we came back to live after 16 years in Singapore.
In 1989, the word Campomelic came to my vocabulary. It was the syndrome that Andrew had and killed him. Campanulata
makes me think of that word. The Campanulata cherry blooms ahead of
the Sakura, then very quickly the flowers drop and fade away.
This is the time when the Campanulata
cherry blooms are most pretty. At the time, at Andrew's birthday,
Balmoral road would be one scarlet hue. Then on his death anniversary
in November, the trees would be bare. Empty like my arms.
Next month would be Baby
Loss Awareness Week. I remember the interview I did
for the Television
documentary," It is ok to cry." Here I am, telling myself it is OK
The TV Program is available in New Zealand only.