Season of Hope

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it is a time of year of new beginnings and a time for looking forward.

In the past Easter has always been a difficult time for us.

It would have been 12 years this Easter since we had any contact with our granddaughter, until last year, when she made the decision to seek us out.

Thinking of that last time we saw her, was full of mixed emotions, sadness of course but also such joyous memories.

If I close my eyes I can still see and hear her at 7 years old, rushing around our back garden, squealing with delight as she followed the trail of the Easter Bunny, her giggles and smile are with me everyday, they always were and still are. A little girl just doing what little children should do.

Little did we know that would be the last time we would see her for a very long and heartbreaking 11 years.

Every Easter those giggles and squeals still hanging over our garden, but it was so empty.

Last year was the time for the new beginning.

The beginning of forming a brand new relationship for us all, our granddaughters’ family had expanded somewhat since she last saw us, she had cousins she didn’t know she had, and a new half sister and her Dad had a new wife.

It was up to us to build trust, to prove to her that we would never let her down, that we are all here for her.

A year on and we continue to build.

Over the last year we have had many grandchildren reunited with grandparents, and it is such a privilege to witness these events.

Everyone who is going through estrangement thinks it will not happen to them, but the reality is we never know, which is why we must never give up hope.

Here is a poem I wrote for our granddaughter in 2017:



The blossom, the birds and the sun

That time of year of promise

10 years ago you hunted for eggs from the Easter Bunny

Tiny signs showing you the way

Giggles as the chocolate treasure was found

Watching you from the window

Sheer delight and joy.

That photo of you with your sweet prizes

Etched in my memory for ever

Seems like yesterday

Not 10 years of separation

A little girl full of fun and laughter

Full of important things to say

Now a young woman, who I don’t know

Easter a time for reflection

A time for looking forward

Life goes on, the world is still turning

A life that I know is a better place

For having you in this world.

I can close my eyes and remember

A privilege to have known you

To have had you in my life

It may have been for a short time

But because of you

Grandparents are no longer alone.

Whatever you are up to this Easter

Remember you are not forgotten

You are ever present with all your family here.

A daughter, a granddaughter, a niece a sister, a cousin.

Always loved and always missed.


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I hope your Easter is blessed and that you can all find peace.

About Jane

Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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