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Reflections from artist, Clare Galloway

I didn’t know Jane when she was alive, but I was approached by her brother Craig after he had read a piece I’d written on the National Collective website; I was asked to respond to her story. It was difficult…

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Thoughts and Memories – by Jane’s step-mum, Lorna Kelly

I “do” words for a living, but these are among the hardest I’ve ever had to write.  No words can even begin to explain what losing Jane has meant to us all.  It has affected every aspect of our lives…

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Lost opportunities, lost possibilities; chances we can never get back – by Julie Ford

As I lie at night, trying to get to sleep, I sometimes think back to that cold October evening. I can still see Craig’s face as he appeared at his Grandparent’s living room door after receiving the phone call from…

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A Graduation Story – by Karen Kelly

Attending Jane’s graduation is something I felt as a mother I had to do. Although heart breaking and extremely difficult, I felt Jane would have wanted me to be there to collect her degree on her behalf. The morning was…

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The world is a lesser place without Jane: Gary Cocker’s reflections

The growing ubiquity of technology in 21st century lives is making our world seem smaller, and helps to keep us connected to those in different cities or even countries. However, it never occurred to me until October 2011 that technology…

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Fragments of Images: some thoughts from Jane’s brother, Craig

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength” These are the words carved into Jane’s headstone. Twelve simple words that, in my opinion, capture Jane’s character. I sometimes wonder what Jane would make of this quote….

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Message of Support from artist Jim Scullion

For the past 3 years Jim Scullion has devoted some of his time every Saturday morning and the occasional weekday to working with a charity organisation named PETAL (People Experiencing Trauma and Loss) an organisation which works with and supports…

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