Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On the death of Ivan Cameron

There can be few griefs so unbearable as that of losing one's child. At whatever age, it feels somehow so profoundly unnatural that the child should pre-decease the parent. It offends against justice, and runs contrary to the moral order.

Cranmer sends his deepest and most sincere sympathies to David and Samantha Cameron on this sad day. It is strangely pertinent to the post below, for there is no doubt all things work together for good to them that love God. And we have a God who knows what it is to lose a son. As grief fills the room up of their absent child, Cranmer prays the Cameron family will reflect on the incomparable joys this brief life brought them; the lessons he taught them; the priorities he reminded them daily to reconsider.

Bless you, Ivan. May you find eternal joy and peace in the place created for you from the foundation of the world.


Anonymous oiznop said...

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25 February 2009 at 10:43  
Anonymous Eternal Peace said...

God Bless his soul, and Condolences to the Camerons.

The following are not my words, but I have always found them comforting.

"Death is often a bitter sweet occasion to us: Bitter in the pain, sweet in the salvation. Bitter in the pain it causes the deceased and their families, sweet to those of us who know the salvation that awaits. And some may ask, what is death, is it the end, or, is it the beginning? And what is life, what is this thing we call life? All these questions can frustrate us at times like this, and that's why we have to turn to the Lord, because the Lord is the sweetness.

25 February 2009 at 12:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Robinson said that Cameron can't expect any electoral advantage from this tragic event "as Gordon Brown has already lost a child of his own".

Well he is probably thinking of his own friendship with Brian Redhead's son and how that played out for his own career

25 February 2009 at 12:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in a very bad car accident in 1983 in which Will died, but in later years Brian and I became close again. I started at the BBC in 1986 and he was very encouraging about what I was doing. When he died in 1994 I was the deputy editor of Panorama

Brian Redhead

25 February 2009 at 12:54  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

A thought for the Camerons. My family recites this at the graveside after losing a loved one.

I Am Not There

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the Diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.

Rest in peace little Ivan.

25 February 2009 at 13:00  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

God help Nick Robinson. I hope he never loses a child.

If this is what passes for compassion and political comment at the BBC then it's time the whole kit and kaboodle was brought crashing down.

25 February 2009 at 13:03  
Anonymous Patrick said...

The Lasting Tribute website has updated its memorial pages to include young Ivan Cameron.

It's a respectful memorial to Ivan and somewhere to pay tribute to the family's fortitude at this difficult time.

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25 February 2009 at 13:43  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Faith & Light

Who can disagree that ours is not a Grey world? Under the bright light of truth, it is a world of clear contrast: Black and white, good and evil, right and wrong. There are always choices, but with faith the choice isn't an easy one, and the work we seem to have set before us is huge, and we are going to need lots of faith. We have to be guided by what is clearly right and undeniably good.

Is it not in the face of a child that we find the true wonder of God's grace? Grace that will bless us in our own prayers. So tomorrow, as we set off on our long journey back home, I think it is good to reflect on this inspiring thought: When we find ourselves in the darkness of despair, when we are struggling to get back into the clear light of God's truth, remember what we can learn from moments like these, about the simple power of compassion. When we light a lamp for someone else, we also brighten our own paths to.

25 February 2009 at 16:27  
Blogger Pete said...


It is indeed a sad death.

While you meditate on the topic of death - the archbishop may like to draw his congregation's attention to the following reminder of the archbishop's own honourable death:

25 February 2009 at 17:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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25 February 2009 at 17:23  
Blogger Cranmer said...

As a mark of respect, His Grace politely requests that this thread remain on topic.

Bless you.

25 February 2009 at 18:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I humbly offer my condolences and prayers for the family. The loss of any child is one of the greatest tragedies and pains that any parent may feel. In this darkest of times it may seem that God has cruelly taken a loved one but they will be reunited in the love of the One whose own Love is Eternal.
Rest in Peace and sleep in the arms of the Lord.

M J Ney

25 February 2009 at 18:21  
Blogger King Athelstan said...

Profound as ever Your Grace.

25 February 2009 at 18:46  
Anonymous Preacher said...

With deepest sympathy to David & family on your loss.
My prayers are with you.

26 February 2009 at 00:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who you are but for me you're becoming my No:1 blog


27 February 2009 at 00:05  

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