Many bereaved parents find it helpful to share their experiences with others and to hear from parents in similar positions to themselves. As part of our grief support, we are building a database of stories, meaningful poems or prose that have helped you or others through the grieving process. These meaningful words offer reassurance, relief from distress, or a much-needed conncection to someone who understands.
At the time of her death Hannah was 22 years old and working and living in Leeds in the HR department of the Children's Workforce Development Council. She had only come home to Somerton that afternoon for a holiday and was on her way to Bridgwater with her brother and friends to go to a club as it was a Friday night and they wanted to have some fun. Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions that night, the car she was a passenger in skidded on surface water and ended up in a ditch killing both Hannah and another young girl.
For the first two years of her life Hannah lived in Stoke-sub-Hamdon and then we moved to Somerton where her brother Daniel was born in July 1989. Hannah attended Monteclefe Infants School where she met Joanna who became her best friend and soul mate. To the annoyance of her brother, Hannah had the ability to study and pass exams without ever having to revise or take any interest in them beforehand and still passed with flying colours. Hannah and Joanna were very much into performing arts and performed in many plays and shows at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, and local pantomimes. Hannah won the Lloyd's Bank Rose Bowl Award for her performance of Nancy at the Octagon Theatre in 1999 as well as winning Somerton Arts Festival's Young Musician of the Year for three years running in 1997, 1998 and 1999 for her singing. (Joanna is now a professional actress). On leaving school Hannah went to Strode College and then to work for Batten's Solicitors, being very successful in their HR department. Hannah was the most fun loving, caring person you could wish to meet. She was not only my daughter but my best friend, she was such a big part of my life which is one of the reasons I miss her so much.
I would like to thank the Rosie Crane Trust for enabling me to meet up with many people in a similar situation as myself, who feel the same as me and are able to understand how I feel as we are all in the same boat.