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Five Years

It is now five years since my daughter, Clea, drowned in a tsunami on Lalomanu beach, Samoa. I so wish that she had not died on 29 September 2009. Every day I wish that she had not died. I am … Continue reading

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Fa’aleaga, Marsela and Mary

Marsela remembers my husband as the one who told her to run. She quickly grabbed her two month old son and tried to reach for her mother as well. Fa’aleaga grabbed his daughter. And they ran. Like us, they ran … Continue reading

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Returning to Samoa – yet again

It was time to undertake yet another trip to Samoa – my fourth. This time my older sister came with me on her first trip there. I am never sure how I will respond to a visit to Samoa. I … Continue reading

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Image of a Man

On this day of solitude (Good Friday) I want to share this enduring image of a man which I hold in my mind. This is a man who I only know because Clea died and because she died in a place … Continue reading

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Hope

Anniversaries are days which are more important to other people. It is when they remember what is our daily existence. That is fine, I do not expect people to live my life and I actually would not wish anyone to … Continue reading

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Clea’s Award

Clea’s own award This is the award that Clea prepared for herself. I think what she has written explains perfectly the type of child Clea was. She was proud of her writing in investigations and proud of how she looked … Continue reading

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The Pink Pebble

We collect things for Clea. We all do. Everywhere we go, we bring things home for Clea. We collect coral from the sands of Lalomanu in Samoa where she died. We collect shells and pebbles from the beaches we visit … Continue reading

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