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Archive for the ‘Poems’ Category

Mobile Phones can be useful tool for students

Monday, January 31st, 2011


I found your talk very moving last week. The students talked about many of the presentations they had seen but yours was one of the ones that hit home. With living by the sea and a river we often take our safety for granted. We know the dangers and too many ignore them or get caught up in events beyond their control as your son did.

Students are often chastised in school for using their mobile phones but I think your campaign will help them to realise that they are  a useful tool to let parents know they are safe and to get help in an emergency. I told your story to my own sons who are 14 and 17 and go out with their friends at weekends. My eldest has always been very good at responding to calls and texts from me but my youngest forgets to charge his up. He has been much improved this last week now he knows I’m not being nosy I just want him to be able to contact me or others in an emergency.


Stephanie Roberts
Ysgol John Bright
Sensory Support, Specialist Teaching Assistan

To Debbie and John

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I read your sad story in the Daily Express on 3rd April 2008 and thought you might take some comfort in these cards I got from my church, especially the ‘last goodbye one’ I have 3 sons and nearly lost one at seventeen but I was so very lucky he survived the accident. My heart goes out to you as a Mother.

Mrs F Cook


Though happily each year had begun

I had to die whilst very young

It is so long since our last touch

And I miss your presence there so much

Of many things I needed to learn

So to this place God made me turn

Yet with so many things to do

I have taken this moment to speak to you

The life that was was not to be mine

Yet within this world

It has worked out fine

Where I am now

I have found new friends

On a place called heaven where the spirit ascends

Straight to this world few pass it by

And no one here can really die

Although this child you cannot see

I know you’d be SO PROUD of me

I look forward to when I see you Mum

So until it is your time to come

Enjoy your life – and please don’t cry

I just came to say the last ‘goodbye’

Written by:

Steve Franklin Palmer


when I must leave you for a little while

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

And hug your sorrow to you through the years

But start out bravely with a gallant smile

And for my sake and in my name

Live on and do all the things the same

Feed not your lonliness on empty days

But fill each waking hour in useful ways

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you

And hold you near

And never, never be afraid to die

For I am waiting for you in the sky.


As Christopher’s friends all say

LIVE in the sky xxxxxxxxxxx


Thursday, September 11th, 2008


Well – the Daily Express story – see 3rd April 08 online. What can I say – it has helped so much – thank you for your telephone calls and donations and caring words – I will be listing details soon. It’s so nice of people to contact me like this. unless you have had this kind of tragedy – it is hard to relate. I am no different to anyone out there – I fall apart at home, I cry myself to sleep most nights in the school holidays but something or SOMEONE keeps me going my husband – my parents, Chris’s close friends we all ache so much – he gave so very much to aLL of us – I think its called LOVE and HUMANITY – he was a fun loving, party boy, lol as his friends say lol 4 ever 2 gether. Thanks again and God Bless xx PS Thank you Michelle for your comments. A special thnks to Ian Bloomer too.

Debs T

Michelle from Kent

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

To the Turnbull family,

I was so touched by your story in the Daily Express on 3rd April 2008, I felt I just had to get in touch with you. I was so sorry to read of the tragic loss of your wonderful son, Chris. In his short space of time, he seemed to have done so much, and seemed a fun loving, popular, and well loved person. My family and I are familiar with the area where the tragic accident happened, as we have walking holidays in that area. Well done to you for raising awareness towards these dangers, and most of all, keep up the good work. Have you contacted the Gone Too Soon website? That should give you great comfort too.

My prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless.

Michelle xxxx

MUM – Valentines Day 2008 –

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Today is 18 months since I’ve seen you

I give you my heart on this Valentines Day

You are so very special

In every Way

Even though you’re not here

To see each day

Your jovial spirit

Flutters away ….

You are always around me

I’m sure this is true

As the feelings I get

Bring me closer to you

My heart may be broken

My body is tired

My eyes may be sad

But I am so very glad

I had a boy like you

A boy so special

A boy’I once knew’

For the love that we shared

For the times that we had

I’ll never forget you

The boy that I had

So, I’ll send you what’s left

Of my love for today

For I truly beleive

Your a heartbeat away …….

Christopher James David Turnbull

Happy Valentines Day


Thursday, September 11th, 2008

November 07

Christmas is coming

What do I do

Sing lots of carols

Thinking of you

Dreaming of good times

Special moments we had

Trying so hard

Not to be sad

Put up my tree

Buy some nice gifts

Ask myself Why? But? If?

Paint on that smile

Lights, camera, action

Yet deep inside

In my place

Just for you

I can go anytime

And be – myself


Christmas is a time

For memories

For hope

For forgiveness

For love

For hugs and kisses

For tears and remenises

Don’t be afraid

Let your feelings show

See your tears fall

In the deep bright snow


If you are missing someone

At this time of year

Keep them in your heart

And they’ll ALWAYS

Be near xxxxx

MUM – Happy 17th Birthday Darling – 18th October 2007

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

With love …… Mum xx

It’s your Birthday today

What can I say

You would be 17

A young man

So Handsome

My beautifull son

A car, driving lessons, new clothes and money in your pocket would have been the order of the day

Instead – roses

One – I took to Angel Bay – it was wonderfull there today – I was alone in your favourite place

Two – one each – Dad and I will go together to Capel Curig tomorrow –

We’ll leave a nice basket in the tree

Again we will watch the rippling flowing river for a while and dream our dreams of you

The wind will blow and tears may flow

We’ll drive home – again – without you

Empty, and sad

As today moves on

The dark cloud slowly passes for a while

I thought of your 1st birthday

I watched the lovely video – again …….

My water baby – in the bath – having the ‘time of his life’

I remember your other birthdays and feel so proud and glad I spent them with you

Memories are all I have

Dreams make me feel better for a while …..

I think of your smile and feel comfort

So, although we may all have moments of sadness today

I’m sure you know in your heart – you are wished – a ‘perfect day’

Maybe – just for a moment – we will re-unite in our minds – and be together – as one

I love you – and miss you

I know there will be many thoughts of you tonight

So, goodbye, god bless, live in the sky xxxx

MUM xxxxxxxxxx

Debbie – 15th August 2007

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Just to say thank you to everyone for your support, kind thoughts e mails and love. For Chris’s close friends and family this has been the most awfull few days anyone can imagine. However I hope – as Sarah says in her lovely words the event will fade away – the memories of Chris will become stronger – what a wonderfull way to think. We all think we know all the answers but we all need to listen to each other – for such a few words can mean so very much. I can write for england – I love words it is how I express myself, but I must say this – the words from John my husband have touched so many hearts over the past few days – he may not read this message for yet another year as the pain is so hard – but those words tell the truth – the real truth about grief – the thing we just don’t talk about – maybe we can all learn from this. ALL your comments are valued so much – I now know this site is helping other people in other ways too from the comments I have had. THAT is my goal – let us all be stonger for what may be ahead of us. Love Debbie xx

Another Loving Mother

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

14th August 2007 – One Year On

Losing a child is the worst thing a parent could ever have to face, but unfortunately for some of us it happens. For Debbie & John it is early days and their nerves are still very raw. The pain & the anguish they are going through can only be imagined by so many, but there are others out there who know what they are going through.

The lyrics to a song written by Brian May of Queen are below and the basis of the song is true……


If you don’t have the song, it can easily be found on the internet. Listen to it, it’s beautiful.

Debbie & John my heart goes out to you both today. Be strong. The pain will ease in time.

Chris – god bless. Keep watching over your mum & dad.

No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young) Lyrics by Queen
(This emotional ballad was written by Brian May of Queen as a tribute to all those who pass before their time)
A hand above the water
An angel reaching for the sky
Is it raining in heaven –
Do you want us to cry?

And everywhere the broken-hearted
On every lonely avenue
No-one could reach them
No-one but you

One by one
Only the Good die young
They’re only flying too close to the sun
And life goes on –
Without you…

Another Tricky Situation
I get the drownin’ in the Blues
And I find myself thinkin’
Well – what would you do?

Yes! – it was such an operation
Forever paying every due
Hell, you made a sensation
You found a way through – and

One by one
Only the Good die young
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
We’ll remember –

And now the party must be over
I guess we’ll never understand
The sense of your leaving
Was in the way it was planned?

And so we dress another table
And raise our glasses one more time
There’s a face at the window
And I ain’t never, never sayin’ goodbye…

One by one
Only the Good die young
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
Cryin’ for nothing
Cryin’ for no-one
No-one but you


Thursday, September 11th, 2008

28th December – FRIDAY 2007

3 Days to go and – ‘Last Year ‘ will be no more

How – do we cope?

How do we accept that – this is it – you’re GONE 4 ever

Because in spirit you will always be there now and forever

You have eternal life – and we now that

Love you Christopher xxx

Mum and Dad xxxx

MUM 11th October 2007

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I cant beleive that a week today it would have been your 17th Birthday. I dream of what could have been – untill then – thinking of you always. Love you xxxxx 4 ever together xxxxxxx

Debbie T

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

26th August

I just want to say I cannot beleive another tragedy has happened within such a short distance from where we lost Chris and so close to the anniversary. I am truly devastated and my heart goes out to the parents of Sean Laxen. I was away when I received the news. Words cannot express how I feel at this moment. God bless you Sean and I truly beleive that Christoher will look after you xx RIP little man. You are in our hearts.xx


Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Hi Son,

It’s been one long misserable year since you left us. I haven’t wrote before because you know iv’e always been strong with other things but i know i will never be strong at something like this. It scares me to think about you and makes me so sad and thats why i run away every time someone wants to talk about you. Your Mums doing a fantastic job even though she to is broken hearted. Your friends are amazing and all your family think about you constantly.

As i write this and listen to some of the music we both liked tears are flooding down and you know i want to be strong. I still wear your underpants (washed of course) and your mum still wears your clothes, we so wish you were with us. I don’t really know if their is a god and if their is why did he take you? but i do know there is something out there because i have called him on several occasions when i have been in trouble and that helped me. I just hope you are all right wherever you are and i hope we recognise each other when it’s my time.

Good bye my love, i can’ t protect you any more but i will look after your mum i promise. Sorry got to go i can’t see the keyboard any more for tears. God bless

MUM – This is a lovely poem from many years ago – read carefully the message is so true !

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to eachother

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way which you always used

Put no difference in your tone

Wear no forced air of solemity or sorrow

Laugh, as we did at the little jokes we had together

Pray, still think of me,

Pray, let my name still be the household word it always was

Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is unbroken continuity

Why? Sould I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well xx

Sian Powell

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Hiya Debbie!

Hope Your Okay!

Was Reading The Stories I Got Tears In My Eyes!

Just To Let You Know You Ever Need Help You Have My Number!

Always Thinking Of You Debbie And Your Partner!

Love Sian x

R.I.P Chris You Will Be Truely Missed Love You Lots x