Talking about loosing a parent is not easy. It’s hard to put something so personal out there for the world to judge and talk about. I’ve lost a parent and I don’t like talking about it. I can’t imagine what it would be like when your grief is put on display for the entire world to see.
When Princess Diana passed, the entire world had feelings about it, but the two people that it affected the most were Prince William and Prince Harry. They lost their mother and their grief was what the world watched. The watched them walk behind her casket and I have to admit, that I still tear up thinking of them having to do that.
If it was me, it would be something that I would never want to discuss again.
But Prince Harry has opened up about his mothers death in a moving forward for the children’s book, “Hospital By The Hill”. The book tells the story of a young child coming to terms with their mothers death. Their mother was a frontline worker at a hospital.
“If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone,” Harry wrote.
He continues, “When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support. We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”
“Now, I never met them, but I know this person was special to you, and they were someone incredibly kind, caring and loving because of where they chose to work. Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do. You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad. This feeling will pass. And I will make a promise to you – you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”
He concluded the forward with, “I hope this book helps remind you of just how special your parent or loved one was. And how special you are too.”
I have to admit that I am crying reading what he wrote. It’s absolutely beautiful, moving, and true.