It has been hard to be grateful for what I have, when so much has been taken away. 

At first it was difficult to notice the kindness of strangers, and to focus on who was there, instead of who wasn’t. This year, on the anniversary of my daughter’s death, I noticed a rainbow.

And my grand-daughter told me recently that I was her best friend.

 Tonight I am watching The Sound of Music. It reminds me of before, of a world of innocence and beauty, of the triumph of light and love and music before the gathering storm. Lights are twinkling on the Christmas tree, and candles are lit next to photographs of my daughter.

 I am thankful to a family member for designing the logo for The Guinnevere Project, and to my son-in-law for setting up this website.

 To all those who loved Guinnevere, thank you.

Special thanks to my partner, my sister Rebekah, Gwen, Eva, Donna, Judy, Sue, Diane and members in The Homicide Support group, to those loyal friends who came to my daughter’s memorial every year. I am also grateful to BC Bereavement Helpline.

Thank you Guinnevere — for all the years we had together as mom and daughter. Your spirit will always be my true North. May our love be a candle lit.