I also got to know my dear friend and CT member Renee a little better too - She was in tears when she recieved the Forgotten Not kit and has now managed to scrap pictures of her late brother MAX and his funeral-
My mom never had much luck with boys. I'm a twin and my brother was still born (That's why Precious Angel Memories is also a favourite kit), then my mom fell pregnant with 2 more boys that didn't make it beyond 2 weeks. Then the miracle happened when I was 10 and my gorgeous brother Glynn was born. Of course we all spoilt him rotten and he was a real terror, to the point that we gave him the nickname Max for the movie Mad Max.
We were a biking family. My dad rode a motorbike and we grew up on motorbikes, but we have chronic allergies and Max was severely asthmatic. On the 24th July 2004 Max was out riding his bike and had an asthma attack, lost control of his bike and because of the hardening of his chest from all the cortisone to control his disease, the paramedics could only stand by and watch him die. In 3 years not a day has gone by that we don't miss him
And here is the rest of Renee's story-
You know, if it wasn't for these photos, I'd say it was a day that never happened. I can't remember a thing from the time we got the call to say he passed away until 2 weeks later. People keep telling me I did certain things but I cannot recall it at all.
It was a huge funeral and in the 1st photo is about a third of the people that were milling about outside before we went to the church. We couldn't leave from any of our houses and had to go to the car park of one of the local shopping centres.
The second photo is of Corné and myself on the blue bike. I was incapable of riding my own bike that day. Next to us is Max's best friend and whom my nephew was named after. We led the bike procession 2 x 2 behind the hearse. That is why you see a bit of a gap between us and the rest of the procession.
The 3rd photo is in the church and all his best and closest friends and family left a message on the coffin. His helmet and a set of his colours were also placed on the coffin. Max was cremated with his helmet and colours.
This has been a bit of a catharsis for me. I had to do this as I kept on getting "ostridge syndrome" when it came to the actual day of the accident and funeral.
I had gooseflesh and tears in my eyes when I read this e-mail that came with the above LO's and felt that Max and Renee deserved their own posting here- Love you girl and Thank you for sharing what I KNOW has been really HARD for you! MWAH's
I made you two Brag book pages to match my kit- which is still 25% off at the moment-
II hope that they will help you scrap some of YOUR memory's of your loved ones- http://www.4shared.com/file/35773852/adb72da6/kb-Forgottennot-bragbook_pages.html - Thanks for reading guys, and phew, what an emotional week this has been- but a GOOD ONE!! Until tomorrow ( yippeeeee FRIDAY)- hugs and loves Kim